Manchester City have won the race to sign teenage Turkish striker sensation Enes Unal, beating Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to his signature.
Recep Bolukbasi, president of the club where the 18-year-old came through the youth ranks confirmed as much, saying:
‘We have an agreement with Manchester City. Enes will go to England at the weekend to complete the transfer.’
A successful medical is all that stands between the Citizens and the coup of landing Turkey’s youngest ever league goalscorer and international.
But exactly what type of player have they acquired in the face of stern competition from their domestic title rivals?
Unal begun to ping on talent-hoovering Champions-League-club sonars whilst amassing inordinate amounts of goals at youth levels for club and country.
Exact estimates vary, but the Daily Mail contend he notched 182 times in 110 games for Bursa’s age groups and 25 in 24 for the Turkish Under-16 side.
He made his senior club bow in August 2013, scoring his first goal two months later, but despite having played 54 times for the Green Crocodiles since then and earning a maiden full cap for his country he still has much to prove.
Despite playing some 35 league games for the Anatolians since his debut he has started just once, and notching a moderate four times.
As a result it’s little surprise that he is expected to slot into the City Under-21 team.
Unal is a two-footed centre forward with excellent composure and finishing ability, while unpredictable dribbling is another facet of his game that impresses.
However, the most seductive aspect of his skillset at present are laser-guided free-kicks like the one below (video).
Often been used as a lone striker by recently departed Bursaspor boss Senol Gunes, he is better suited playing alongside another busier presence, or in close proximity to his wide forwards.
The teenager is exceptionally strong for a player of his age, but lacks the pace to be a really effective solo line-leader.