Tottenham to pay £17.2m in summer for midfielder wanted in Manchester

Date published: Friday 12th April 2019 12:31 - Matthew Briggs

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Tottenham Hotspur could make Fenerbache midfielder Eljif Elmas their first signing in 12 months, according to a report in Turkey.

The North Macedonia midfielder, 19, has made 34 appearances this season for the Super Lig side and has impressed for Fener.

Elmas is currently under contract until 2022, but Fenerbahce’s financial situation is unstable and they could opt to sell the international this summer.

Superhaber have reported that the central midfielder is likely to join Spurs in the summer.

​Superhaber TV reporter Levent Umit Erol believes Spurs are close to sealing a deal for the player, who is also interesting Leicester and Cardiff, as well as Fiorentina.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has not signed any players in the last two transfer windows and he is willing to strike a £17.2million deal for Elmas as he looks to add some depth to his midfield.

The departure of Mousa Dembele in January, plus suffered injuries to Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have left Pochettino’s options few and far between.

Fenerbahce signed Elmas, who has scored one goal this season, from his boyhood club Rabotnicki at the start of last season for  just €180,000.

In September, Manchester City were set to go head-to-head with Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United for the player.

Turkish outlet Fanatik claimed the Premier League duo had joined BVB in the race to sign Elmas.

And the former president of the Turkish Super Lig club Aziz Yildirim revealed that 26 clubs were interested in the rising star.

“Manchester City and Ajax made concrete offers, in total 26 clubs made bids for Elif Elmas,” Yildirim told NTV Spor.

Turkish-Football claimed that Manchester United sent scouts to watch Elmas in Fenerbahce’s Champions League qualifier against Benfica.


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