Bolton wonderkid Jake Turner has emerged as a shock summer target for Manchester United, who reportedly aim to beat Everton to the goalkeeper.
According to The Sun, Manchester United have already begun looking towards the future in terms of the replacement for David De Gea in the coming years. The Red Devils are reportedly interested in Bolton goalkeeper Jake Turner, who is also being tailed by Everton.
United are supposedly plotting a surprise move for Turner, who they see as a player who has the ability to take over David De Gea in the future and become United’s first-choice goalkeeper. The club officials have apparently been tipped off by some of the FA coaching staff of the potential the English Under-18 international possesses.
And, the Red Devils are looking to take advantage of Bolton’s financial problems to prise the player away from the club, even before Turner plays his first senior game for his boyhood club.
Got a lot of time for Jake Turner however I’d take 4 million for an unproven youngster we’re in no position to turn that down #bwfc
— Marcus (@MarcusMyrie) July 23, 2017
Turner has been a regular for the club’s Under-18 and Under-23 squads last season. But, his displays saw him being catapulted into the first-team – due to an injury to Mark Howard – and was cover for Ben Alnwick. But, it seems he could be on his way out even before he makes his club debut.
Everton and Manchester United are both looking to secure the player’s signature. Everton’s recruitment drive is at an all-time high and the Toffees have already conducted remarkable business so far in the current transfer window.
Jake Turner could also be brought in with the view of being the understudy to Jordan Pickford. But, the player is unlikely to be able to take over from Pickford in the coming years. United, on the other hand, can slowly work the player into the first-team setup.
— Jake Turner (@JakeTurner_1) July 3, 2017
Turner has recently been handed a two-year deal at the club, which means the player is contracted to Bolton till 2019. Bolton are ready to negotiate for the player and will likely take the highest offer among the two clubs, which tips the balance in Manchester United’s favour.
The club has recently earned promotion back to the Championship and are in need of finance to reinforce their squad. Turner will not be the first-choice at the club instantly and proceeds from his sale can be invested into bringing more first-team ready players into the club.