Manchester United Look To Solve Defensive Woes With Turkish Starlet


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Manchester United, besieged by defensive woes, took their search for solutions to Galatasaray where Ozan Kabak is shining for the Turkish giants, reports the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old burst into the Gala at the tail-end of last season, making his debut in the 2 – 0 win over Yeni Malatyaspor.

Having expected to play a bit-part this season, Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim surprised everyone by including Kabak in the starting line-up against Kasimpasa in September and making the youngster a permanent fixture in his selections.

His performances in the Champions League alerted Europe’s elite and United are keenest having learned his contract contains a €8m release clause. The Red Devils are monitoring the Turkey Under-18 international with a view to reaching a deal once they appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor.

The Portuguese, dismissed today following the dismal 3 – 1 defeat at Anfield last weekend, was keen that the club pursue Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli’s giant centre-back. However, after their initial offer was rebuffed, the fallen Premier League giants have yet to return with better terms, leading Mourinho to launch a bitter attack against the club’s board at the weekend.

While United’s interest is further along than other clubs, they face stiff competition from Manchester City, AS Roma and Internazionale for Kabak’s signature.