Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as a potential suitor for Morocco star Azzedine Ounahi according to a report from La Repubblica.
While Tottenham have been linked with Ounahi’s World Cup teammate Sofyan Amrabat on multiple occasions and are believed to be making moves to sign him (Foot Mercato), this is the first time the club has been linked with Ounahi himself.
Spurs are thought to be keen on bolstering their options in central midfield, and it now appears they may have turned their attention to Ounahi. The 22-year-old was one of Morocco’s standout performers as the African nation made their way to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar.
Ounahi is relatively new to the international scene, with just 17 caps and two goals to his name (Transfermarkt), but his reputation has sky-rocketed since the tournament.
He plays his club football for French side Angers SCO and has made 14 appearances in Ligue 1 so far this term (Transfermarkt). But he may not be playing in France for long, if reports are to be believed.
Apparently, Serie A side Napoli already have “the yes of the player” regarding a potential move to Italy, but a Premier League move may still be on the cards.
The report from La Repubblica cites Leicester City as one of the clubs who have tracked Ounahi, but now it seems that Antonio Conte and Spurs “have been in contact with the French club” recently, too. The outlet adds that Angers are keen to “start from an auction base of €35m.”
That estimation may not be any good for the interested parties, though. It sounds like Napoli “are not willing to spend more than €15m”, while Leicester are “ready to invest £20m.” However, everything could change should “Tottenham decide to sink the blow,” as it were.
Spurs Web Opinion
This is an interesting one, as we haven’t seen any links between Spurs and Ounahi before this one. He was another very impressive player for Morocco at the World Cup, and could be a decent option if we are genuinely keen to add to our midfield. Personally, I think Angers’ valuation is on the high side though, and it seems they are trying to cash in while Ounahi’s stock is at its peak.
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