Tottenham Hotspur have been told the price they have to pay if they want to sign Turkish side Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun. It is being reported by talkSPORT that the Turkish side wants around £15m for their star forward.
The 26-year-old impressed for the Istanbul giants last season by scoring 20 goals from 33 matches in the Turkish Super Lig. He was one of the most scouted players this summer as clubs from England circled around Istanbul.
However, Besiktas did not want to part with their star forward as they deemed him important for their campaign. And, the striker hasn’t disappointed this season, by scoring 9 goals so far from 14 matches. At this rate, he is looking well set to surpass his last season’s tally.
That has only intensified speculation that interest from English clubs will resurface in the January transfer window. Besiktas certainly know that and also know the true value of a goal scorer like Tosun.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman was asked about the striker’s price and he was quick to point out that his asking price of the forward was almost next to nothing in this era of astronomical prices.
As quoted by talkSPORT Orman said:
“There’s no figure for him. These players are like my children – I have an interest in their careers.
“They aren’t machines. (Kylian) Mbappe went to Paris Saint-Germain for €180m, (Naby) Keita for €70 or €80m, so placing a higher value than €20m on Tosun is not crazy.”
Tottenham will not be alone in the pursuit of Tosun as was the case in the summer window. Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and Everton will also be registering their interest should Besiktas show an inclination to sell. In fact, Palace reportedly submitted a bid for the player in the summer only to be rebuffed by Besiktas.
Both Everton and Palace are currently struggling for goals in the Premier League and could be tempted to sign Tosun to address that issue. This won’t be the case with Tottenham who have enough options up front and Tosun will only arrive as a back-up option.
Having said that, manager Mauricio Pochettino may want to improve his bench strength as Spurs get into business mode from January. With the onus of challenging on multiple fronts high on the agenda, Spurs would want a proven goal scorer to compliment Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente.
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