Report: Real Madrid table £18m bid for Elif Elmas, Tottenham keen

Benfica's Brazilian defender Jardel vies with Fenerbahce's midfielder Elif Elmas of Macedonia during the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round first leg match Benfica vs Fenerbahce at...

Tottenham have long been linked with Fenerbahce midfielder Elmas.

Benfica's Argentine forward Franco Cervi (R ) vies with Fenerbahce's midfielder Elif Elmas of Macedonia during the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round first leg match Benfica vs...

Macedonian outlet Skopje24 claim Real Madrid have tabled an offer worth £18million for Fenerbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas ahead of the January transfer window, but states Tottenham Hotspur remain interested.

Elmas, 19, has broken into the Fenerbahce starting line-up of late after joining the Turkish side from Macedonian outfit Rabotnicki in the summer of 2017. This season, he has played in every single one of Fener's 21 outings.

A holding midfielder, Elmas is renowned for his incessant work rate, impressive array of passing and ability to chip in with a goal here and there. In 46 games for Rabotnicki, he scored eight goals and created eight more.

 

At Fener, he is somewhat more defensive but has still managed to find the back of the net on one occasion, scoring in a 1-0 win over SuperLig side Konyaspor in September.

Spurs have been previously linked with Elmas in the summer and even since the last window closed, and Skopje24 report that they are one of a number of illustrious names after the five-time Macedonia international.

Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Pizzi vies with Fenerbahce's midfielder Elif Elmas of Macedonia during the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round first leg match Benfica vs Fenerbahce...

But Real have stolen a march on Spurs, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AS Roma, by tabling an offer worth £4.5million up front, while a further £13.5million would be paid after Elmas made his first Real appearance.

Spurs will be looking to sign a new central midfielder sooner rather than later, with Moussa Dembele's future at the club still in question as he enters the final months of his contract. Elmas could be his replacement, but Spurs must act quickly.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur is led off the pitch injured during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on November 3, 2018 in...

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