Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal are in a duel to land Turkish youngster Ferhat Cogalan – tipped to become one of the world’s best.
The 15-year-old is attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs following his dominating performances for Valencia’s junior sides.
The exciting attacking midfielder is head and shoulders above his team-mates and his talent has not gone unnoticed.
He has yet to sign his first professional contract, and would be available for a nominal fee.
Rival bosses Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are tempted to sign the youth international, who is rated the pick of Valencia’s academy starlets.
But United have been on Cogalan’s trail for over a year. Former Old Trafford star Phil Neville worked with the teenager during his coaching spell at Valencia – and recommended the playmaker to his old bosses.
United chiefs have since invited Cogalan and his father Sedat to their Carrington base for discussions.
And Cogalan Sr said: “We are in no hurry, as Ferhat is under contract until 2021.
“But when a club like Manchester United invites us, it is logical that we study their proposal.”
AC Milan and Turks Galatasaray are also keen on the youngster, who joined Valencia aged 12.
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