Man Utd and Chelsea target 16-year-old Stoke wonderkid dubbed 'the next Harry Kane'

Manchester United and Chelsea have battled it out for wonderkids in the past, but now they are reportedly set to do so once more for a highly-rated Stoke City forward

Posted Friday, October 08, 2021 by

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing 16-year-old Stoke City wonderkid Emre Tezgel.

Tezgel has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the ranks at Stoke’s academy and it looks as though he has a bright future ahead of him.

The youngster regularly featured for Stoke’s under-18 side last season, despite being just 15 at the time.

According to the Daily Mail, United and Chelsea are both interested in Tezgel, while Manchester City are also said to be keen on the youngster.

Stoke academy boss Gareth Owen has said Tezgel is already like a ‘seasoned pro’ despite his age, and has even compare him to Tottenham captain Harry Kane.

Man Utd and Chelsea target 16-year-old Stoke wonderkid dubbed 'the next Harry Kane'
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly interested in Emre Tezgel

"Tezgel’s a Harry Kane-type centre-forward. That gets bandied about but his movement is good, he can hold the ball up and he is decent in the air,” said Owen.

"His main attribute, though, is his finishing and that’s what good centre-forwards have.

"He plays like a seasoned pro, pulling off at an angle, giving little nudges to the centre-back and making space. It’s great to have that bank of knowledge already at his age."

Tezgel has already been called up to England’s under-17s and recently helped them get to the final of the Syrenka Cup in Poland, where they were beaten 3-2 by the Netherlands.

The Stoke youngster scored four times in three games and was subsequently named player of the tournament.

Tezgel has also scored seven goals in four games for Stoke this season, despite playing against opponents who are older than him.

The Stoke youngster is a player in demand, but who wins the race to sign him remains to be seen in the coming months.

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