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Zeki Celik is the Turkish star who hopes to shine at Euro 2020 with the Lille defender wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham


All eyes will be on the Euro 2020 opener tonight as Turkey takes on Italy.

The delayed tournament kicks off with an intriguing encounter – and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT at 8 p.m. ET.

There will be serious talent to show on both sides and one to watch is Turkish right-back Zeki Celik.

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Celik has made 14 appearances for his country, scoring twice

Fans of three Premier League clubs should watch him closely as he may well be heading into English football next season.

Celik are a trio of Turkish stars who have helped Lille beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title this season, alongside Burak Yilmaz and Yusuf Yazici.

The 24-year-old went through the Bursaspor academy and signed a professional contract with the club in 2015.

But he did not reach club level and fell to the second level of Istanbulspor.

Zeki Celik is the Turkish star who hopes to shine at Euro 2020 with the Lille defender wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham

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Celik joined Lille in 2018 and impressed at right-back

He quickly impressed and caught the attention of national team coaches, being called up in 2018 despite not playing in the top flight in Turkey.

Ligue 1 club Lille came to call him in the summer of 2018 and picked him up for just 2.5 million euros, signing a five-year contract.

He’s been on that contract for three years and has been exceptional, playing a key role as Lille propelled mighty PSG to the league title.

Celik’s performances for the club have sparked interest from some of Europe’s biggest teams.

Zeki Celik is the Turkish star who hopes to shine at Euro 2020 with the Lille defender wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham

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Celik helped beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are all reportedly considering a move, alongside Inter Milan.

Spurs’ interest has been around for a long time and Celik was even asked about the rumors in October of last year.

He told So Foot: “I heard there was interest from Tottenham, but I don’t know if they made an offer.

“Anyway, I know the Premier League is a league that attracts me, but I’m glad I stayed here when you look at the start of the season we’ve had.”

Zeki Celik is the Turkish star who hopes to shine at Euro 2020 with the Lille defender wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham

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Celik to take part in Euro 2020 opener where Turkey will face Italy

These Premier League clubs will take a keen interest in the performance of Turkey and Celik at Euro 2020.

After their group game with Italy, they will face Wales and then Switzerland next week.

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