Borussia Dortmund landed yet another transfer coup this week as they beat the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United to one of Europe’s top young talents.
Emre Mor signed a five year deal with the Bundesliga club just days before he kicks off his Euro 2016 campaign with Turkey. The 18-year-old from Denmark is already being billed as one of the discoveries of the summer.
But is Mor worth the hype? Sportsmail gives you the full lowdown on Dortmund’s new star.
Emre Mor has signed a for Borussia Dortmund on a five year deal ahead of the European Championship
Who is Emre Mor?
Born in Bronshoj, a diverse district of Copenhagen, Mor is the son of a Turkish father and Macedonian mother, but he has spent all of his 18 years living in his native Denmark. He learned his trade in the famous youth academy of Lyngby BK, spending nine years there before the club released him in January 2015.
Though many of Europe’s top clubs already had an eye on the youngster, Mor joined FC Nordsjaelland in nearby Farum. It was there that he burst onto the professional stage last season, making 13 league appearances since his Superliga debut in November.
Mor has a diverse background – he was born in Denmark to a Turkish father and a Macedonian mother
What kind of player is he?
A right winger by trade, Mor’s technical ability is instantly recognisable. Fearless with his attacking runs, it is easy to make an immediate comparison with the likes of Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri. Diminutive but well built, he has power to match his pace and cockiness on the ball to complement his youth. Though most effective on the wings, he can also play as a number nine.
Mor has been likened to Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery
Why doesn’t he play for Denmark?
Given his multicultural background, Mor could have chosen to represent any Denmark, Turkey or Macedonia. Though he made 22 appearances for Denmark at youth level, Turkey were always keen to secure his services for their first team, quietly scouting the young winger over a number of months.
In February, Mor made his decision to represent Turkey. His coach at Nordsjaelland, Kasper Hjulmand, described the decision as a ‘tragedy’ for Danish football.
Mor played for Denmark at Youth level but made the decision to represent Turkey at senior level
Has he made an impression on the international scene?
One of Mor’s motives for choosing Turkey may have been the prospect of playing in Euro 2016, though just a few weeks ago, that seemed more of a pipe dream than a realistic prospect.
Turkey coach Fatih Terim had called him up the provisional squad, but had explicitly said that he would not take Mor to France. All that changed the moment Mor made his debut against Montenegro last month. Coming off the bench, the youngster delighted both team-mates and fans with a fine performance, and two days later, Terim announced that Mor would be in the final squad after all.
Will he deal with the pressure of a major tournament?