Mourinho sees ‘New Drogba’ in Luton’s Adebayo, Fenerbahce register interest

Fenerbahçe are eyeing a move for Luton Town striker Elijah Adebayo, who is eager to leave the Hatters after their relegation from the Premier League.

Despite the season ending in disappointment for Rob Edwards’ side, as they finished in the bottom three, Luton earned praise for their performances against the league's leading lights.

The Fulham Academy graduate has emerged as a sought-after talent, with Fenerbahçe's new coach Jose Mourinho keen to bring him on board.

Interestingly, reports in the UK indicate that Adebayo is eager to leave Kenilworth Road after the relegation, as he seeks to challenge himself at a higher level.

Fenerbahçe pursue Elijah Adebayo

Adebayo, in particular, impressed with his contributions. The 26-year-old netted 10 goals in 27 appearances and was a constant threat with his physicality and ball-holding skills.

His goal-scoring prowess and overall play have naturally drawn interest, with Turkish media outlet Takvim reporting that the former Walsall player could be heading to Istanbul.

Fenerbahçe's Sporting Director, Mario Branco, is set to meet with Luton Town management to negotiate the terms of the transfer, expected to be in the range of €8-10 million.

Elijah Adebayo: Mourinho sees 'New Drogba' in Luton's striker, Fenerbahce register interest
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According to Transfermarkt, Adebayo's current market value is €12 million, making him an achievable target for the Turkish club. Notably, he has never played outside of England.

Which other clubs are interested in Adebayo?

He has also been linked with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth and Everton in recent weeks.

The Cherries, in particular, are at risk of losing star striker Dominic Solanke, who was one of the most prolific marksmen in the English top-flight in the just-concluded campaign.

While no price tag has been mentioned for this potential move, Adebayo's impressive form in his sole season of top-flight football makes him a shrewd option for clubs aiming to enhance their goalscoring output.

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