Tottenham Hotspur are ‘ready to pay whatever Fenerbahce wants’ to sign Vedat Muriqi this summer, Kosovan Football Federation president Agim Ademi has told Syri TV.
That Jose Mourinho wants a new centre-forward at Spurs is one of the worst-kept secrets in world football.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has never been one to hide his emotions in front of the cameras. And Mourinho has barely missed an opportunity to point out how much the North London giants have toiled without crocked captain Harry Kane.
Tottenham’s failure to replace Fernando Llorente last summer was a major error. But the phrase ‘better late than never’ comes to mind with Muriqi in their sights.
“Tottenham are insisting on signing Muriqi but there are also other teams in Italy who are interested in him,” Ademi said of a man who has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his rangy stride, fearsome strength and eye for the spectacular, translated by AreaNapoli.
“Tottenham were ready to pay whatever Fenerbahce wants but, since then, other Serie A clubs have entered the race, such as Napoli.”
With Fanatik claiming recently that the £22 million-rated Kosovan is keen on the idea of linking up with Mourinho in England, Tottenham appear to have a clear advantage over the likes of Napoli.
Muriqi, a 6ft 4ins targetman, has shot to fame with 15 efforts recorded in his debut season for Fenerbahce while also running England’s defence ragged during a topsy turvy eight-goal thriller in September’s European Championship qualifier.
However, it remains to be seen how he would adapt to a back-up role at Tottenham, after a year of leading the line as Fener’s talisman.