Manchester United ‘join race to sign Lille right-back Zeki Celik in £13m deal…but face competition from Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter Milan for Turkey international’
- Zeki Celik played 35 games for Lille when they won Ligue 1 in 2020-21
- Turkey’s 24-year-old right-back is valued at around £13million this summer
- Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs are all reportedly interested in defender
- There is also interest in Europe, especially from Serie A winners Inter Milan
Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all vying for the signature of Lille right-back Zeki Celik, according to reports.
The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for the French side in all competitions in 2020-21, winning Ligue 1 for the sixth time in their history.
The Turkey international is valued at around £13 million (€15 million) and The Evening Standard claim United and the two north London clubs are interested, and Celik will move this summer.
Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all reportedly interested in Lille right-back Zeki Celik
Celik made 35 appearances in all competitions for Lille – who won Ligue 1 – in 2020-21
Celik has two years left on his contract with the Stade Pierre Mauroy, but the report adds that he would agree to approaches from one of the three Premier League clubs, while there is also reportedly interest in Europe, particularly from Inter Milan.
The report adds that Serie A champions – still reeling from boss Antonio Conte’s departure – fear current right-back Achraf Hakimi could leave for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Reports have suggested United are looking to increase competition for first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford, with Link the Athletic too Atletico Madrid and England star Kieran Trippier with a move.
Meanwhile, The Gunners are targeting a new right-back this summer, with Hector Bellerin’s future at the club uncertain due to interest from Real Betis.
United want to increase competition for current first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Mikel Arteta (front) looks at new options at Arsenal with Hector Bellerin’s future uncertain
And the Evening Standard adds that Arsenal scouts have been impressed with Celik’s ability in possession and constant threat going forward, as well as ability to press high on the pitch and win possession.
The Turkish international’s age is also in his favour, but boss Mikel Arteta would consider other options, such as Norwich’s Max Aarons, who helped them secure promotion back to the Premier League.
The Canaries are said to be expecting bids for the 21-year-old and the same outlet claims they have expressed an interest in Celik themselves to replace Aarons, but that the Lille defender is aiming to secure a move to a regular Premier League side.
It is also thought that the Spurs are looking for a new right-back after Serge Aurier said he had reached the ‘end of a cycle’ at the club.
The Gunners would also have considered other options, such as Norwich’s Max Aarons
“Everyone knows that if I had wanted to extend my contract with Tottenham, I would have already done so” he told L’Equipe earlier this week.
‘I’m not going to do that in six months. I’ve been to the Premier League and a Champions League final. I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere.
“Both parties, the board and my agents agree on the terms, so we’ll see.
“I never hid my desire to return to PSG one day. It’s my boys’ club and I’m still a PSG supporter so I feel free to talk about it, but I don’t want people to think I’m just making a plea and I’m not. close the door to everyone.
“If the club makes an offer this summer, PSG will definitely be one of my top picks.”
Spurs are said to be interested after Serge Aurier confirms he will not renew his deal
Inter Milan, meanwhile, fear they could lose Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain this summer