Starlet tipped to cost under £3.36m – Spurs allegedly thought they were leading race

Israel legend Eyal Berkovic has claimed that Maccabi Tel Aviv starlet Oscar Gloukh will be sold for just €3m-€4m (£2.5m-£3.36m) or so this summer.

Gloukh impressed after breaking into Maccabi Tel Aviv’s starting lineup last season, with the attacking midfielder scoring three goals in 8 league appearances in 2021/22 (Transfermarkt).

The print edition of The Sunday Mirror (10/7; page 74) revealed earlier this month that Tottenham had already made contact regarding a possible move for the 18-year-old and the North Londoners believed they were leading the race for the youngster.

The report added that Gloukh, who is also of interest to Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Rangers and Roma, was valued at around £10m.

Sport5 subsequently claimed that Maccabi Tel Aviv would even be willing to sell the teenager for just €7m (£5.9m) as long as they get a percentage of the proceeds from the player’s future transfer.

According to reports in Israel, there has been a dispute between Gloukh’s father and Maccabi coach Vladimir Ivic (Sport 1), and amidst the controversy, the youngster was restricted to just two minutes of action off the bench in the club’s 3-0 UEFA Conference League qualifier victory against Zira FC last week.

This did not sit well with Berkovic, who insisted that Maccabi Tel Aviv should intervene to ensure the teenager is either handed game time or sold this summer.

The former West Ham and Manchester City midfielder told Sport5: “A month ago, at the European Youth Championship, the star was Oscar Gloukh. On Thursday, he played for two minutes. Tell me, Maccabi, are you crazy?

“We want Oscar Gloukh in Europe. Maccabi Tel Aviv refuses to sell him because of a price tag of 8 or 10 million euros. (But) I believe he will be sold for 3-4 million.  

“I don’t have a problem with him playing half or half an hour. But what is two minutes for a kid who is the future of the club?” Of all the 18 players of Maccabi Tel Aviv, there is no room for Oscar Gloukh? 

“It is the club’s job to intervene. (They have) the authority to tell Ivic that there is a talented kid here, that they want the club to be built around a player who grew up in the academy. If not, then the manager should go.  

“Maccabi Tel Aviv does not have such good players that there is no place for Gloukh. The whole country was on its feet because of him, and in Maccabi Tel Aviv he does not play. We need to wake up before it’s too late. He needs to play.”

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In all likelihood, Gloukh is probably just one of many emerging players across Europe that Paratici’s network of scouts have their eye on. There is nothing to suggest that a move from Tottenham for the 18-year-old is imminent during the current transfer window.

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