Report: Spurs offer cash-plus-player deal to land midfielder

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham have reportedly made an offer for Fenerbahce’s 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas.

The report, which comes from a Turkish paper Fotomac, states that Spurs are keen on the Macedonia international and are willing to pay around £17m, as well as including the Dutch striker Vincent Janssen in the bargain.

The claims come following a separate report from Turkish Football from five days ago, which stated that the Lilywhites were seriously considering making an offer for the player amongst growing interest from other European heavy weights.

Mauricio Pochettino had sent scouts three times to monitor the player this season. They attended Fenerbahce’s games against Besiktas and Basaksehir in the Turkish Super Lig, and Trnava in the Europa League.

The Turkish side are keen to keep Elmas in Istanbul but are willing to let him go for around £18m.

Vincent Janssen alone cost Daniel Levy around £19m when he joined the north London club, as reported by the BBC in 2016.

The former AZ Alkmaar striker is reportedly keen on a return to Turkey.

Levy would like the deal to go through as it would involve removing the Dutch striker off the wage bill and getting rid of a player who has not impressed anyone in the capital during his stay.

Elmas featured 40 times for Fenerbahce in all competitions this season, scoring four goals. The central midfielder is best suited to a No 8 or No 10 role and was one of very few players who impressed this season in his side.

The Turkish side are in a good negotiating position as the player is contracted at Ulker Stadium until June 2022.

Tottenham will also have to face competition from sides such as Napoli, Inter, Lazio, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, who have all shown interest in the player in the past week.

 

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