Leeds United will make an offer for Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas in January, according to journalist Talha Arslan.
The Lowdown: Elmas profiled
Elmas is primarily a central midfielder who can also play in an attacking midfield role or as a left-winger. The 22-year-old has 37 caps to his name for North Macedonia and has been with Napoli since 2019.
How many signings should Leeds make in January?
And it now seems as if the Whites and director of football Victor Orta are plotting a January swoop for the £15.3m-rated midfielder.
The Latest: Leeds to make ‘offer’
Journalist Arslan took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to provide an update on Elmas ahead of the January transfer window.
He claimed that both the Whites and Borussia Dortmund made an attempt to sign the Napoli man over the summer and will now send an ‘offer’ during the winter window.
The Verdict: Two needed…
Leeds haven’t actually signed a midfielder on a permanent deal during Marcelo Bielsa’s time at Elland Road, but it seems as if they now need two over the coming weeks with Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton injured.
Orta is already laying the groundwork to sign a number six and number eight, and you’d expect Elmas would fit into the number eight category.
He’s capable of playing in a more advanced role and even out wide if needed and also has experience in both the Champions League and Europa League.
On paper, it seems as if Elmas could be a shrewd signing both in the short and long term. He has plenty of games under his belt in 2021/22, is versatile and has played on the biggest stages, but it seems as if Leeds will need to meet an ‘astronomical’ asking price.
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