Manchester City youngster Enes Ünal enjoyed a fantastic 2016-17 season at FC Twente in the Eredivisie, scoring 19 goals and catching the eye of scouts across Europe.
His loan spell in the Netherlands is now over and clubs from all across Europe are lining up to try and sign the free-scoring Turkey international, with recent reports suggesting that La Liga side Villarreal are on the verge of signing him for between €10 million and €12 million.
Nothing is official yet and different stories on Ünal’s future continue to surface, including one from the Netherlands, where the 20-year-old has enjoyed so much success.
According to Algemeen Dagblad, FC Utrecht have made an ambitious attempt to sign Ünal for next season, having lost star striker Sébastien Haller to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite finishing above Twente in 4th, it was always going to be a longshot for Utrecht to land an in-demand player and unsurprisingly the Citizens responded with a resounding ‘no’.
City had no interest in sending Ünal back to the same league and want him to play at a higher level – the Spanish top-flight for example. Utrecht accepted City’s response and have since moved on to new targets, including Cyriel Dessers of NAC Breda, who has been a teammate of several young Man City players at the CFG partner club this season.