Ah, Brexit. It’s been a little over ten months since the referendum that ruled the United Kingdom would cut ties with the European Union.
Finally, it looks like Brexit’s first footballing casualty is about to unfold, and Borussia Dortmund could be benefiting directly from it. Manchester City’s young Turkish striker Enes Unal, on loan at FC Twente in the Netherlands, may not be able to play in the Premier League given the terms of the Brexit ruling.
Unal would be available at a highly-discounted price for a striker of his caliber if he is unable to stay with Man City. The rule states that a non-EU player must have competed in 30-70% of his international matches over the past two years in order to qualify for a work permit. Unal has received just five international call-ups since March 2015, meaning he is far short of his requirements.
His lack of international call-ups, however, does not reflect the youngster’s skill. Enes Unal has scored 18 goals through 31 matches in all competitions this season for Twente. Despite these numbers, his fee would be around €10 Million given the nature of his departure.
Interested parties besides BVB include Bayern Munich and SS Lazio. According to Sport.de, Pep Guardiola has no desire to get rid of Unal just yet seeing as he remains under contract until 2019. The plan for Guardiola and Man City is to bring Unal along for the club’s preseason tour and assess his ability and his future with the team then.
With questions regarding the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and possibly even that of Mario Gotze with Dortmund, the acquisition of Enes Unal may be a terrific depth signing, and for a small fee as well. With the summer approaching, the waiting game begins as the situation regarding Unal unfolds.
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