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Tottenham could land the next Messi for under £25m, he's a real 'nightmare for defenders' - TBR View
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Tottenham could land the next Messi for under £25m, he's a real 'nightmare for defenders' - TBR View

Tottenham Hotspur have done well in signing talented youngsters in recent years.

The likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Pape Matar Sarr, Destiny Udogie and Djed Spence have all picked Spurs.

Now, Tottenham are reportedly eyeing one of the most highly-rated teenagers in world football.

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Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, via Tutto Napoli, claim that Spurs have set their sights on Fenerbahce prodigy Arda Guler.

As well as Tottenham, the likes of Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly in pursuit of the player.

If Spurs manage to secure Guler’s signature, they’d be getting themselves a real prodigy.

Despite being just 17, the youngster has already clocked up 29 senior appearances for his club.

Guler has also registered six goals and six assists, and has already been called up to the Turkey national team.

“Exceptional ball carrier”

Guler joined the Fenerbahce academy in 2019.

At the start of the 2021-22 campaign, they promoted him to their first team.

Guler finished the campaign with three goals and three assists from 16 appearances in all competitions.

In March, he penned a contract that will take him to the summer of 2025.

Scouting website Foot The Ball wrote an in-depth analysis piece about the young midfielder earlier this year.

‘An advanced playmaker by nature, who likes to be fielded in a free role, where he can roam the pitch,’ they wrote.

‘The Turkish midfielder is very much capable of playing in a deeper role as well.

The standout ability, though would be to find space and pick out passes that very few other players can see.

‘Guler has also great close control and that is shown by his 1v1 dribbling, providing dynamism to his and the team’s final-third play. It doesn’t end here for the Turkish magician.

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‘He is an exceptional ball carrier and that proves why he is often called the ‘Turkish Messi’, where he helps push his team forward to produce better chances.

‘His low centre of gravity means that he is very quick off-the-mark, which also helps aid his off-the-ball movements and orchestrate lethal moves from the deep.

‘Much like prime Ozil and De Bruyne his crosses are pinpoint and unpredictable.’

Messi 2.0 for less than £25m?

Aksam – via the Liverpool Echo – claimed in summer that Fenerbahce value Guler at around £21.5million.

That’s a steep amount for a player who hasn’t turned 18 yet, but it shows how highly they rate him.

And to be fair, it’s not as though he’s not shown that he can play at the highest level.

As well as impressing in the Turkish Superlig, Guler has also done well in the Europa League.

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