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Report: Bielefeld and Leverkusen linked with Turkish talent

By Peter Vice

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that both Arminia Bielefeld and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have their sights set on a young prospect playing in Turkey's second footballing division.

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A young talent who came through the same youth academy that produced Cengiz Ünder and Çaglar Söyüncü is reportedly attracting attention from three European footballing clubs, two of which play in Germany's top footballing flight. 


Seventeen-year-old Burak Ince will turn 18 shortly after the turn of the calendar year. According to German footballing magazine Kicker, the youngster's birthday should bring with it a move during the January transfer window. 

The midfield talent, who plays for Altinordu in the TFF 1. Liga, has also been linked with Leverkusen and FC Sevilla as per the report. Kicker journalist Michael Richter's article on the subject is based on a conversation with DSC sporting director Samir Arabi following yesterday's match between Bielefeld and Leverkusen. 

Ince's current market value according to the transfermarkt listings is €1.6 million. When Arabi was asked about certain rumors linking the teenager with a €2.5 million transfer fee, Arabi apparently simply smiled and shook his head. 

Bielefeld might beat out its larger market competitors by offering Ince job security via a long-term contract. 

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