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Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal are among clubs interested in signing teenage striker Ali Akman from Bursaspor this month, a report from The mail states.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed an impressive second season with the Turkish side and has accumulated nine goals and four assists in 17 appearances in all competitions.
His current deal expires in June 2021 and he has clearly decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere after declining a renewal.
RB Leipzig and Galatasaray were reportedly unsuccessful with transfer offers last month and the Blues and Gunners are now reported to be in the race to sign him.
Bursaspor is seeking a fee of around £ 3 million, but it is suggested that they could accept a lower sum with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Akman has found much of his success playing in the role of center forward, but he is also capable of appearing in one of the wide attacking positions.
At 1.73m, the Turkish U21 international does not have an aerial presence and has attracted attention for his pace, shots and off-the-ball movements.
Both the Blues and the Gunners have some quality young players in their ranks and Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta have not shied away from playing against them.
Still, Akman may have a hard time getting into first-team plans on either side with fierce competition for places in the attack and may not be assured of a starting spot.
It is said that there is a lot of interest from clubs in Germany, Italy and France also and could eventually get to which side he’s prepared to guarantee you regular playing time.