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Manchester City ‘propose a five-year deal’ to versatile €30 million Turkish forward



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Manchester City have reportedly taken steps to sign Besiktas forward Semih Kılıçsoy this summer amid rivalled Premier League interest.

The 18-year-old has emerged as a potential transfer target for Manchester City after a successful campaign with Besiktas in the Turkish top-flight, as Etihad officials face the prospect of a potential summer rebuild of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad.

Manchester City, who remain in pursuit of a domestic double by winning both the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup, are bracing for a series of potential senior departures from the club for a second successive summer.

Guardiola lost trio Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte in 2023, and could lose both Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva in 2024, amid growing uncertainty regarding the future of the midfield pair.

The treble-winners have been linked with a number of potential additions, including Brazilian duo Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimarães, as well as the Bundesliga’s Jammal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich and Dani Olmo.

Turkey Under-21 international Semih Kılıçsoy has also emerged a potential transfer target, with North London pair Arsenal and Tottenham having been previously linked with the versatile teenage forward.

The 18-year-old has been directly involved in 13 goals in 29 appearances for Besiktas so far this season, and has also featured in the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League campaign.

The teenager has been watched by Manchester City scouts, and according to outlet Sport Witness, the Sky Blues are ‘preparing to make an offer’ for Kılıçsoy, with a ‘proposed five-year deal’ to the player.

Kılıçsoy would reportedly cost €30 million, making a potential move to the Premier League a record transfer from the Turkish top-flight.