Bursaspor rejected a €5 million bid from Beşiktaş for Ozan Tufan according to club president Recep Bölükbaşı.
Bölükbaşı stated: “Beşiktaş offered €5 million and a part-exchange deal with Mustafa Pektemek but we put forward a counter offer of €6 million and Cenk Tosun. Şenol Güneş really wants Ozan but the offer was unacceptable and we did not want to sell him anyway.”
Beşiktaş manager Şenol Güneş is credited with developing Tufan. The former Bursaspor manager took the 20-year-old from obscurity and transformed him into one of the most sought after players in the league.
Manchester United have also been closely linked with the Turkish international over the past season. The Premier League giants have been keeping close tabs on Tufan according to his father.
“Other big European teams have sent scouts to watch Ozan play…AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs, City and United,” Mehmet Tufan told Spanish newspaper AS.
The 20-year-old midfielder has also been closely linked with a move to Atletico Madrid as well as fellow La Liga outfit Valencia.
Bursaspor have developed a reputation for producing quality talent recently and have had youngsters join high profile clubs. Eighteen-year-old striker Enes Ünal joined Manchester City on a £2 million move and was taken on the Australia tour with the senior team. Additionally 19-year-old striker Batuhan Altuntaş recently joined HSV Hamburg.
The Green Crocodiles reached the Turkish Cup final last season and are currently managed by Ertuğrul Sağlam.