Manchester City are all set to sign Enes Unal, the Turkish wonderkid who plays for Bursaspor FC, as a striker. The 18 year old would be flying in from Turkey to England to complete his signing with the Manchester team.
The deal was confirmed by the President of the club Recep Bolukbasi, telling Turkish-football.com “An agreement in principle has been reached. Bursaspor have given Enes permission to join Manchester City and undergo a medical.”. The deal is estimated to be around £2 million, with a 10% sell-on clause included in the deal. He is also likely to receive a £50,000 weekly wage.
He has been linked with several English clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea, before finally joining City. He would be the first Turkish player to play for the Manchester side, and also would be the youngest transfer from the Super Lig to the Premier League. As the player is under 21 years of age, he will be playing only on a work permit, and would be staying with the U-21 team. He would also most probably the only striker signing by City this transfer season.
He had caught eyes of the world footballing clubs after his prolific youth academy figures of 182 goals in just 110 games. This was unprecedented. He joined the first team back in 2013, and became the youngest player to score a goal in the Super Lig, when he scored against the giants, Galatasaray, back on 1st August, 2013 when he was just 16 years old. He has seven league goals to his name till now, and has recently earned his first national cap for Turkey in their recent match-up against Luxembourg.
The club, Bursaspor has a quality of building strikers of optimum level, as they recently sold their 19 year old striker Batuhan Altıntas to Hamburg for £350,000. Unal, who had a prolific youth season, also scored 24 goals out of the 25 games he had played for the Turkish U-16 team, which led him to be soon promoted to the U-19 and U-21 squads before earning his first cap.