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Leeds United have Eljif Elmas on their radar, the Athletic suggest, although signing him may not be cheap.

Leeds are on the hunt for additions to bolster their side and adding a new creative midfielder appears to be right at the top of their wishlist.

The Whites have been linked with a whole host of playmaking options – including Rodrigo de Paul heading into the summer.

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However, it seems that Elmas – who has caught the eye for Napoli – is also very much on their radar.

Leeds have been extensively linked with Elmas over the past 12 months, and their interest still hasn’t gone away.

Leeds would have to pay more than £14.5 million to lure him away from Napoli though.

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Even at that price, the 21-year-old could still be an appealing addition.

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Elmas has plenty of years ahead of him and already is playing a first-team role at Napoli.

If he was to move to Leeds he would at least know Gjanni Alioski, who he is set to feature alongside for North Macedonia at the European Championships.

If Elmas was brought to Elland Road it seems most likely that he would be in competition with Mateusz Klich for a first-team place.

Klich has been a key player under Marcelo Bielsa, although at the age of 30, it may be time for Leeds to start trying to identify his long term replacement.

The potential transfer begins to look even more exciting when reading his national team boss’s comments about him.

Igor Angelovski, the North Macedonia head coach, suggested that Elmas has the potential to become one of the best players in the world.

He said to 90 Mins: “Elmas is a good guy and a very strong player. He has physique, technical skills, he is fast ball to foot, but above all he is fast with the mind and has a very strong character. He was born to become a great player and will become one of the best…The boy has the characteristics to work on himself and become stronger and stronger.”

If he does fulfill that potential then there is no telling how important he could be to Leeds in the coming years.

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