You don’t enter talks with a club for a player for distraction purposes. I mean, sure some clubs have maybe done that a very few times in the past, but it is incredibly disrespectful and would quickly give you a horrible reputation when dealing with other clubs.
First of all, there’s no reliable sources stating that we are in talk with Schalke. It’s not only just rumors, but rumors from sources not deemed close to us. Yes, we aren’t killing the rumors, yet.
Secondly, talks have to be meaningful. If Schalke adamant about their valuation of Ozan, there might not be an end products to all the supposed talks. We aren’t confirming the talks either.
What I mean is, we are definitely pursuing an alternative target which the media hasn’t got any wind of, and that’s by design. We may end up with signing Ozan but only if it’s the best of our alternatives.
I agree that we will only sign him if he is the best alternative, and maybe you are right that we are also in talks concerning someone else. I can’t know. But I also know that we won’t be in talks concerning this player without having following him for many months and probably years, though this is also the case if we are in talks with other players.
Yeah, not saying you are wrong about us being in contact with several players. It is even quite likely.
But I do think it is also likely that we are indeed considering this player due to the reports. We’ll see.
A 20 year old centerback coming into this situation, what a waste of time even thinking this is a solution. A better solution would be, do nothing. If anything, this would be someone for future, not now. This is your typical “we need to add content for our website/newspaper/twitter account”.
I don’t think age will come into it, possibly not even experience. The only time age would come into it is whether or not an older player is worth bringing in depending on the price. Skills and abilities and suitability will always be the things that matter the most to our recruitment team.