Manchester City made a profit on a transfer. Yes I know, it is shocking and hard to believe for some people out there, but City has actually done an extremely smart bit of business today. One the many talented young players that has been often overlooked or in this case, loaned out constantly, is Enes Unal. Unal is an uber talented striker who is a Turkish International, who just completed a move to Spanish club Villarreal. The fee is reported to be around 10-15 million euros.
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So you may be wondering where the smart bit of business is at? Unal joined Manchester City from Bursaspor in July 2015 for only 2.9 millions euros. City made a huge profit off of Unal with many outlets reporting that the deal is worth 15 million euros and only a few saying it is 10 million. Now the City business gets even better here, with the English club including a buy back clause of 20 million euros that runs until 2020. That way the club can avoid a Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea type of situation that will cost the Blues big time when buying back their star player.
If Unal continues to develop the way he looks to be going, he could be one of the most underrated and sought after strikers in Europe. Unal isn’t just a talented player who spent time in the youth academy at City, he actually has had three total loan spells while under contract at City. Starting off at Genk, then NAC Breda, and finally he spent all of last season at FC Twente.
While at FC Twente this past season, Unal played in 38 matches, scoring 18 goals, and added three assists to truly have a fantastic season. Clearly his record this year was enough to catch the eye of Villarreal and that the club felt like Unal could be the answer for them up top moving forward. If he continues to grow the way City and Villarreal think he will, City will surely use their buy back clause and use him as a striker option after Sergio Aguero moves on someday, or to sell him on for even more money. Either way, City have actually made a brilliant business move here.
Unal is a tall, strong, and lethal striker when given the opportunity. If you want my advice, I would absolutely keep an eye on this kid. He has all of the talent and work ethic to become a household name in the world of football. I fully expect that Unal may again wear a City shirt again. His ability to find the back of the net will only become better with age and Villarreal have snatched up one of the best young strikers in the world.