Inter Plot Winter Bid for Versatile Napoli Midfielder

Inter and Napoli could meet at the negotiating table in January to discuss the future of versatile midfielder Elif Elmas. According to La Repubblica via Tuttomercatoweb, Simone Inzaghi’s men have set their sights on the North Macedonia international. 

Elmas was on the pitch all 90 minutes as his national team held Italy to a 1-1 stalemate in Skopje on Saturday night. But while he remains an indispensable member of Blagoja Milevski’s side, his first-team opportunities at Napoli have been at a premium. Inter could offer him an escape route from the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

With Napoli stalling on Elmas’ contract renewal, the 23-year-old doubts his long-term prospects in south Italy. He is not Rudi Garcia’s first option in the middle of the park. Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, and newcomer Jens Cajuste are ahead of him in the pecking order. 

On the other hand, Inter missed out on Lazar Samardzic’s arrival in the summer. Despite striking an agreement with Udinese, the transfer collapsed at the 11th hour due to the player’s father’s demands. Since the Serbian won’t reopen talks with Nerazzurri, Inzaghi’s men have switched to other targets. 

Elmas could be an exciting option for Inter. His versatility allows him to cover multiple positions in the midfield. But he’s also well-versed in playing further up the pitch. His tactical flexibility fits Inzaghi’s constant rotations, increasing the likelihood of his move to Giuseppe Meazza.

He won’t come cheap, though, with Napoli requesting around €25 million to sanction the deal.

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