Will Mehmet Topal move to Stamford Bridge or the Etihad Stadium?
Chelsea and Manchester City have been scouting Valencia midfielder Mehmet Topal for two months, according to his agent.
Batur Altiparmak reckons the Premier League giants are paying close attention to the 25-year-old Turkish international, and although no firm bids have yet been made, Topal’s representative thinks that could all change at the end of the season.
“They (Chelsea and Manchester City) have been watching him for two months now but I must stress there is nothing concrete from either club,” Altiparmak told The International Business Times.
“We will reassess his future at the end of the season. He is happy in Valencia and has two and half years left on his contract.
“Obviously if the opportunity arose for him to take the next step in his career he would like to take it, but only if Valencia are willing.
“The Premier League is one of the best in the world but so is the Spanish Primera Division.”
Topal has begun to start establishing himself as a crucial cog in Unai Emery’s side this season, and the defensive midfielder is reported to have a release clause of just £8.5million in his current contract.
It is difficult to read this story without getting slightly suspicious.
Topal has become a vital part of the Valencia team since he signed in 2010, and perhaps has integrated quicker than was anticipated.
The Turkey international’s agent now says Topal is considering his options – despite having two and a half years remaining on his deal – and links him to two of the richest clubs in world football.
One of which of course, Valencia play in a fortnight’s time for a place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
However, Topal is of course happy to stay in Valencia at present.
Does anyone else get the feeling that he would just like to renew his contract with improved terms?