Arsenal seem to have their sights set on an exciting emerging talent in the Bundesliga at the moment, with Stuttgart starlet Berkay Ozcan revealing Arsenal’s interest in a transfer.
The talented 19-year-old claims the Gunners have been pursuing him for two years, and that he’d love to play for Arsenal in the future, even if he does not yet feel he is ready to do so.
Arsene Wenger is known for scouting the world for elite young talent, and it seems the Frenchman’s been a fan of Ozcan for some time, even if he is yet to truly make a big impact at the senior level.
The teenage attacker has registered just three appearances for the Bundesliga side this season, all as a substitute, and clearly feels that he needs to develop his game where he is before making the step up to a team like Arsenal.
‘My manager is talking about this situation, Arsenal has been following me for two years,’ Ozcan told beIN Sports.
‘Arsenal officials came to Stuttgart and watched the matches. I think that Arsenal is too early for me. I have to show myself more and work more.
‘I would like to go to Stuttgart and Europe first to prove myself and then to big teams like Arsenal.’
Ozcan also added that he has spent some time with fellow Turkish-born German Mesut Ozil, and it could be the former Real Madrid man that Arsenal will need to replace in the near future as Ozil nears the end of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
CNN Turkey also linked the Gunners with Arda Turan recently as they consider replacements for their star midfielder, with a more experienced player like the Barcelona man perhaps preferable to a youngster like Ozcan for the moment.