Leeds United have seen an offer rejected for Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas, according to Ciro Venerato Rai.
The transfer expert has claimed that the Whites and other European clubs have offered £22.7million for the Macedonian talent.
Gennaro Gattuso is a big fan of the 21-year-old and has turned down approaches that would make the Italian a handsome profit.
Napolipiu shared the update on their website on Tuesday, claiming that these offers were never considered for Elmas.
The 21-year-old only joined the Serie A club from Fenerbahce and is described as a “diamond” by the club website.
Transfer expert, Venerato named the clubs that had sent offers for Elmas, but that Napoli believe in him too much.
“Benfica, Leeds, the two Borussia of Germany and Leipzig,” he said. “These clubs even offered 25million euros for the player, but the blue sports director did not want to hear the offer.”
International teammate of Ezgjan Alioski, Elmas has enjoyed a fast start to his career and is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
It is hard to see why though.
The 21-year-old has yet to start a league game for Napoli this season, coming off the bench seven times and only completing 126 minutes.
Only once has he played more than 45 minutes, and he did impress against Genoa. Elmas scored, completed a key pass and three dribbles in the 4-0 win [WhoScored].
The youngster is clearly catching the eye, but nothing suggests that he would be worth over £20million, and Leeds need to be smarter with their investments in the Premier League.
We would rather see Marcelo Bielsa take his time to develop the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Jenkins, who both have what it takes to become cracking players.
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