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 By Eren Sarigul

Manchester United, Tottenham eye Turkish prospect Serkan Bakan - agent

Steve Nicol asserts that Victor Lindelof's shaky start to preseason should be of little concern to Manchester United.
Serkan Bakan is also interesting clubs in Germany.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are battling to sign 16-year-old Serkan Bakan from Turkish club Gaziantepspor, his agent has told ESPN FC.

Attacking midfielder Bakan made history last season when he became the youngest player to score a goal in top-flight Turkish football.

Bakan's representative, Ibrahim Polat, told ESPN FC: "Manchester United and Tottenham have been scouting Bakan.

"Several clubs from Germany have also been keeping tabs following his debut season in the Super Lig.

"He already...

PSG missed out on Pepe because of lack of first-team guarantee - source

Pepe made a late decision to sign for Besiktas over Paris Saint-Germain despite having previously agreed a deal with the French capital outfit, a source close to the Ligue 1 club has revealed to ESPN FC.

PSG sporting director Antero Henrique thought he had tied up a deal for the Portugal international at the end of last week but Besiktas made their move over the weekend and ultimately offered Pepe closer to what he wanted.

According to the source, the former Real Madrid and FC Porto man desired...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Altinordu would reject Lionel Messi, even if he played for free - chairman

Barca made quick work of 18th-place Sporting Gijon as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all found the back of the net.

Altinordu chairman Mehmet Seyit Ozkan has said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi could not play for the club, even if he offered to do so for free.

The Turkish second division side plan to build a team solely made up of players trained at the club, and have invested in a huge youth academy program buying up hundreds of acres of land around the Izmir region.

Ozkan said: "Even if Messi came to me and said I will play a season at Altinordu for free I would tell him no. I believe in our philosophy and...

 By Eren Sarigul

Why Emmanuel Adebayor joined Turkish underdogs Istanbul Basaksehir

Great things were expected from Emmanuel Adebayor when he took the Premier League by storm following his move to Arsenal from Monaco back in 2006. But, after unsuccessful spells at Man City, Real Madrid (on loan), Tottenham and Crystal Palace, the Togo international's career nosedived and he was released as a free agent last summer.

Now, after the 32-year-old showed he can still make an impact at the African Nations Cup despite his side finishing bottom of Group C, Turkish surprise package Istanbul...

Stoke City's Charlie Adam targeted by Fenerbahce - sources

Charlie Adam signed for Stoke from Liverpool in 2012.

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam is a target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce before the close of the transfer window, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Fenerbahce are weighing up a move for Adam with the club's manager Dick Advocaat a big admirer of the midfielder.

Advocaat is aware of Adam from his time managing in Scotland and he was interested in signing the 31-year-old when manager of Sunderland.

Adam has impressed in the last couple of months after winning his place back in Mark...