Lazio are looking to beat Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid to Fenerbache midfielder Elif Elmas, according to Turkish media outlet Aksam.

The 19-year-old has caught the eye at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium and has established himself as a first-team regular having made 25 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Elmas has attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including Spurs and Real Madrid, but Italian side Lazio are hoping to steal the march on the midfielder and have already submitted a €15million (£13.46m) offer.

The Macedonia international is contracted with Fenerbache until 2022 but his future remains uncertain with clubs preparing to make bids for the youngster.

In September 2017, the Super Lig side beat a host of clubs across Europe, including Arsenal and Manchester City, to land Elmas from Macedonian outfit Rabotnichki for alleged fee of around €170,000.

The youngster, who is from Turkish descent, turned down the chance to play for Turkey and decided to represent his country of birth and made his international debut at the age of 17 when he came on as a substitute in Macedonia’s World Cup qualifier against Spain in June 2017.

In the same year, Elmas was in included in the squad for the Under-21 European Championship in Poland but could not help the team progress through the group stages.

Spurs became the first Premier League side not to make a single signing during a transfer window when they failed to add to their squad during the summer.

The transfer budget appears to have been depleted by the build of the new stadium and it could be that manager Mauricio Pochettino may have to sell players before bringing any new ones into the club.

The likes of Vincent Janssen, Fernando Llorente and Moussa Dembele could be on their way out of north London in order to give Pochettino some funds to make new signings.

Spurs are in action on Tuesday when they face Chelsea for the first-leg of the semi-final for the EFL Cup and return to Premier League action on Sunday when they face Manchester United at Wembley.


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