The more ridiculous elements of transfer speculation will soon be behind us as the September international break ends and real football returns this weekend as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Chelsea at the Molineux on Saturday, but there was a report on Wednesday that I found interesting and the three Turkish players suggested – Ugurcan Cakir and Abdulkadir Omur (Trabzonspor) and Gokhan Akkan (Caykur Rizespor) – would at least suit the moves we’ve seen us make in the market in recent seasons.
The claim of our interest in the trio came from Turkish outlet Ajansspor and whilst it’s largely a speculative piece – picking up on the fact we are adding highly rated youngsters to our Under 23 setup as we search for stars of the future – they do claim that representatives from Wolves have been in the country to at least make contact.
20-year-old Omur is a versatile right sided winger and in 2018/19, despite his age, chipped in with ten assists for his side. Outlet Aksam suggest he’s valued in the region of £27million and some in the media are already calling him Turkey’s potential Lionel Messi. In their Super Lig campaign of 2019/20, in two appearances he’s scored once and provided one assist.
23-year-old Goalkeeper Cakir has already found himself linked with Liverpool and he’s already made eight appearances in 2019/20. The speculated fee is around the £14million mark.
24-year-old Akkan has also made three appearances in the Super Lig so far this season.
It might be worth remembering the names here, as potential for the future, but given the fees spoken about I do remain sceptical. However, the relative ages and presumed talent does seem to be more in keeping with how we now do our business.
Despite the price, Omur feels like the most likely to have attracted our interest though.