Borussia Dortmund is said to be, according to the image-Zeitung are very interested in signing the Austrian offensive jewel Yusuf Demir. According to the report, other top clubs such as Manchester City and FC Barcelona are also vying for the 17-year-old, whose advisors are now joining SPOX and goal commented on the rumors.
Although Emre Öztürk confirmed that there were talks about a Demir transfer in the coming summer with clubs from Germany, he did not want to provide information about which interested parties are involved.
Last had next to the image-Newspaper also the media group AUSTRIA the interest from Dortmund in Demir made public and even reported of “far advanced” talks. The fee for the Rapid jewel should be up to ten million euros. The Mundo Deportivo with reference to ESPNthat Demir even played a role in the plans of Barca coach Ronald Koemann.
FC Barcelona is Demir’s dream club. “At some point,” said consultant Öztürk in an interview with SPOX and Goal in November, the 17-year-old wants to “play for Barcelona”. However, this does not play a role “in his next step,” said Öztürk, who confirmed the lively exchange with clubs from Germany in November of last year: “Every few days my phone rings and a new interested party answers.”
In addition to BVB, FC Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart have also been associated with Demir from Germany. The offensive midfielder, who scored six goals in 24 competitive games for Rapid Vienna this season and prepared two, will not only face a decision about his future in the coming weeks, but also his debut for the Austrian national team.
Yusuf Demir: The “Austrian Messi” before the ÖFB debut
Team boss Franco Foda called Demir for the first time in the extended squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Scotland (25th), the Faroe Islands (28th) and Denmark (31st) in March. Should he be used in all three games, he would be locked up for the ÖFB and could then no longer play for the Turkish national team, for which he would also be eligible to play due to his origin.
The Turkish federation did not get in touch with him until years after the Austrian one, Demir had long since settled in with the ÖFB. “In this respect there is no reason to change,” said consultant Öztürk back in November, thereby ruling out his client’s change of association anyway.
Demir’s footballing skills reminded Öztürk “very much of Messi”: “Yussi is very creative, dribbling and has a great left foot. His technique and overview are outstanding.” An impression that the Guardian on its annual list of the world’s greatest talents (“Next Generation”). “Austrian Messi”, the paper called the 17-year-old, whose contract with Rapid runs until 2022.