Schalke announced the signing of Ozan Kabak, the Stuttgart center-center striker previously tied to Manchester United.
Kabak was unable to help Stuttgart repel the relegation from the Bundesliga last season, but he was impressed enough to be considered a target for many top clubs.
Reportedly, Bayern Munich was interested in the 19-year-old with AC Milan and West Ham among other parties who are said to be enthusiastic about Kabak.
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The Turkish defender, however, opted for Schalke, where he will join the former head of Huddersfield Town, David Wagner, for 2019-20.
Kabak started his career at Galatasaray and was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Season last season despite having made only 15 appearances.
Schalke's sporting director, Jochen Schneider, indicated that the club had to fight many races to seal Kabak's signature.
"We are very happy to have succeeded in winning one of Schalke's greatest European talent today," he told the club's website. "Despite the well-known competitors, Ozan Kabak has deliberately chosen our club.
"My thanks go especially to the technical coach David Wagner and Michael Reschke as technical director, who convinced Ozan decisively that the step towards Schalke is the right one for him".
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Sunday was a busy day for Schalke – who finished a disappointing 14th last season – with the company also confirming that US international Weston McKennie has signed a new five-year agreement.
"The decision was very easy for me because I was constantly allowed to enjoy incredibly great support from the fans," said the 20-year-old, who is in international service at the Gold Cup. "Even the staff was always behind me, I don't see it all right now. "
McKennie will be in action for the United States as he faces Curacao for a spot in the semi-finals of the Golden Cup on Sunday.