UEFA will unveil the host nation for the 2016 European Championships on Friday with contenders France, Italy, and the sole Eastern-European option of Turkey all jostling to earn the right to stage the tournament.
Europe's football governing body, who compiled a report pertaining to each of the three bids, claim Italy's bid to be "very generic, especially the planned infrastructure projects, some of which do not appear to be linked to the event itself," while France and Turkey's bids were highlighted as having effectively conveyed the long-term benefits of hosting the tournament.
"The voices I have been hearing here suggest it'll be down to a straight choice between the more conservative option in France and, shall we say, a more interesting bid in Turkey," a highly placed UEFA source told Reuters.
"Having said that, they will think hard before awarding it to Turkey given what's gone on for the 2012 Championship.
"Poland and Ukraine offered the most innovative bid then.
"It is fair to say, though, that Turkey does not have the money troubles that Ukraine has had, for example."
UEFA's 16-man executive committee, including France's Michel Platini, will vote on the winners this Friday following a 30-minute presentation by each country.
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