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Trabzonspor midfielder Yusuf Yazici has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Liverpool, Football Whispers understands.

The highly-rated 20-year-old is on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs having impressed since making his debut for the Turkish side during the 2015/16 season. Yazici shares an agent with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil and was even linked with a move to the Gunners towards the end of last season.

Their interest was rivalled by Manchester United, Lyon and PSV, with all teams sending scouts to watch the versatile attacking midfielder on multiple occasions.

Liverpool are thought to be targeting a number of players aged 21 and under as they piece together a squad capable of competing for a number of years under manager Jürgen Klopp’s watchful eye.

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Sources close to the player revealed exclusively to Football Whispers that the Merseyside club have been impressed by Yazici and want to bring him to England.

However, they are just one of the many teams in the Premier League keeping a close eye on the player and that Klopp would have a task on his hands to ensure the player ends up at Anfield.

It’s easy to see why those at Liverpool are eager to sign him: Yazici has a similar build to Marko Arnautović, a player Klopp has praised in the past; he’s powerful when in possession, direct and quick.

The left footer can play on either flank as well as in central areas and, while his ability when in possession is obvious, it’s what he does off the ball – 3.1 tackles per 90 minutes and endless bundles of energy – which helps you see why Klopp would be a fan.

It was initially reported that Trabzonspor would part with the player if an offer of £7million arrived, but reports in Turkey previously emerged to suggest bids close to that fee from two English clubs have already been rejected. With interest high in the player there’s a potential bidding war to be played out.

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