Foxes target Tufan stalling on new Fener deal
Leicester’s link to Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan is still there, with the latest reports claiming he is refusing to extend his deal due to the interest.
Despite a superb start to the Premier League campaign which sees the Foxes second in the standings after 12 games, rumours persist that Brendan Rodgers will look to recruit in the January transfer window to strengthen an already talented squad.
One name that has been mentioned before is 24-year-old Tufan, who is now back in favour at the Turkish giants and has played every minute of their 11 Super Lig games this term, bagging one goal in the process.
The man capped 49 times by Turkey spent the second half of last season on loan with Alanyaspor but is now flying back at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Unsurprisingly, a few clubs have been scouting the 24-year-old, with Leicester’s Premier League rivals Crystal Palace said to have joined the East Midlanders in showing more than just a passing interest.
As such, Tufan is reportedly now having second thoughts about extending his deal, despite pressure from The Yellow Canaries to do so, according to Takvim.
Ozan Tufan Milli Takımın vazgeçilmez Omurgasıdır. Allah utandırmasın. pic.twitter.com/0P0bfNATQp
— Fenerli Ressam (@FenerIi_Ressam) November 14, 2019
Primarily a holding midfield player, the former Bursaspor ace’s form dipped at Fener last term, prompting manager Ersun Yanal to sanction his stint away on loan.
It did the world of good and he has returned a different player and one that has the potential to go far in the game.
Whether that is to King Power Stadium only time will tell but he would certainly be able to earn significantly more with the Premier League high-flyers.
Fenerbahce paid just 7m euros for the star but any potential bid would need to be significantly larger than that due to his return to form both domestically and for Turkey, while the current over-inflated transfer market would see the Turks push for a significant fee.