Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side look set to face intense competition for the signing of Ozan Tufan this summer.
That’s according to a report by Turkish outlet Fanatik (via Sport Witness), who claim that Crystal Palace are determined to get a deal over the line for the Fenerbahce midfielder this summer, while Leeds United have also emerged as a potential destination for the Norwich-linked man.
It is reported that Tufan has a release clause in his contract of around €20 million (£17.5 million) and that Palace are intending to pay this figure at the earliest possible opportunity, meaning the Canaries will have to act fast if they wish to be in with a chance of landing the 58-time-capped Turkey international.
So far this season, Tufan has been in excellent form over his 34 Super Lig appearances for Emre Belozoglu’s side, scoring five goals, registering eight assists and creating nine big chances, as well as making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and one key pass per game, culminating in a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.14 – ranking him as the club’s fifth-best performer in the Turkish top flight.
As such, it would appear that the midfielder – who has previously been likened to Yaya Toure by his former manager Vitor Pereira – would be a fine addition to Daniel Farke’s midfield ahead of their Premier League campaign, particularly as the German coach is losing two of his central midfielders this summer.
Both Alexander Tettey – who has made 18 appearances in the Championship this season – and Mario Vrancic – who has featured 31 times in the second tier this term – look set to leave Carrow Road upon the expiry of their contracts at the end of the season, meaning that Stuart Webber will undoubtedly be on the hunt for their replacements in the upcoming transfer market.
And, considering just how well the £37,000-per-week Tufan has performed for Fenerbahce so far this season, in addition to the 26-year-old’s impressive versatility – being comfortable in operating from defensive, central and attacking midfield – it would be highly advisable for Webber to match Palace in their early interest for the Turkish star – or else City risk losing out on a highly talented player to a side who could well be a direct rival in the Premier League next season.