Lille have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Turkish midfielder Ferhat Cogalan.
The 16-year-old who previously played for Valenica’s youth academy – joins Christophe Galtier’s side on a three-year deal.
Cogalan was, just two years ago, linked with a move to Manchester United- at the tender age of 14-years-old- and has represented the Turkish national sides at U-14, 15 & 16 levels.
The signing of the French-born Cogalan is now Lille’s seventh summer recruit, making last year’s domestic strugglers one of the most active in this summer transfer window.
Club vice-president Marc Ingla emphasised that Cogalan – who was born outside Dunkirk – being a locally-born player would enable the fans to identify with their new signing: “We are delighted that Ferhat is joining us for the next three seasons. Firstly, because he has a lot of talent and huge potential, but also because he is from the North. It is important for us and the fans to be able to rely on talents from our region”.