REPORT: Turkish Wonderkid Wants Game Time Guarantees As Liverpool And Arsenal Both Ponder £30M Bids

Liverpool transfer target Kenan Yildiz “wants to play” on a regular basis, and he could force a move away from Juventus, despite the Serie A club’s reluctance to sell him, according to

The Italian website claims that both the Reds and Arsenal are weighing up offers for the Turkish international and they already “know the price” if they want to land his signature during the January transfer window.

Juve are believed to be holding out for a fee between €35m (£30m) and €40m (£34m) for Yildiz, which is a hefty sum, considering that the teenager has only played a handful of senior games.

The attacking midfielder made his first-team debut back in August, coming on for the final 5 minutes of the Bianconeri’s 2-0 win over Udinese on the opening day of the season.

Manager Max Allegri has been reluctant to use Yildiz that regularly, with the player having made four further cameos from the bench over the past four months.

Yildiz does possess a lot of potential

Turkey head coach Vincenzo Montella has not been afraid to give the 18-year-old chances at international level, having handed him his first cap against Croatia in October.

It didn’t take long for Yildiz to score his first goal for his country either, having bagged the second in a 3-2 friendly win over Germany last month.

Liverpool may prioritise other positions in January

Recruiting a No.10/winger will not be the Merseyside club’s main focus when the transfer window opens. They have more pressing concerns in defence and midfield.

With Joel Matip ruled out for the rest of the campaign with an ACL injury, recruiting a new centre-half may be considered. The Reds are also still lacking holding midfielders so that could be prioritised ahead of Yildiz as well. An approach for the Turkish starlet may have to wait until the end of the season.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.