When you’re a 19-year-old centre-back with a €15m release clause (after his club got relegated) and your talent is there for all to see, there are inevitably going to be stories written about you.
That’s what’s currently happening with Ozan Kabak, whose price following Stuttgart’s failure to stay in Germany’s top flight set tongues wagging around Europe.
A number of Premier League clubs have been linked here and there, and Manchester United appear to be the latest to join the fray, according to a couple of sources around Europe.
First was Kicker, who explain Bayern Munich held talks with Kabak’s management, before explaining Manchester United, West Ham United and a number of other sides are ‘close’ to the Turkish centre-back.
Milan are also in the mix, which leads to the information gathered by MilanNews24, who also confirm the Red Devils are after the talented defender, in need of defensive reinforcements themselves.
Furthermore, Manchester United representatives are expected to meet the player’s entourage ‘in the next few hours’ to offer him a deal similar to what the Serie A club have put on the table.
The player’s brother was spotted in Milan recently, and with the release clause in his contract at Stuttgart, it’s all about convincing the player.
We certainly wouldn’t be surprised if, in this particular case, Manchester United were simply being used, as they often are, to put pressure on other clubs to act fast/improve their offers.
It’s a name that strikes fear, at least when it comes to financial terms, and agents have never been shy to use it.