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Tottenham in talks over Croatian wonder kids

1.14K   //    02 Jul 2013, 10:32 IST
Halilovic (R) is Croatian first division's youngest ever scorer and the also the youngest ever player to debt for the Croatian national team

Halilovic (R) is Croatian first division’s youngest ever goal scorer and the also the youngest ever player to debut for the Croatian national team

Tottenham Hotspur are currently negotiating  a big money move for Dinamo Zagreb youngsters Alen Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj.

The 17-year old duo are close to signing for the London club according to Zagreb president Mirko Barisic, but insists that the deal is far from done.

“Discussions and negotiations with Tottenham are still ongoing, but this job is absolutely not done,” Mamic said at the press conference on monday.

Italian giants AS Roma failed with their 5m bid for Jedvaj earlier this week, as the Croatian club insist that the defender is worth much more.

Halilovic has also attracted interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal. The young midfielder, who made 18 appearances in the Croatian first division, has been labelled as the next Luka Modric but Mamic believes that he can be a better player than the Real Madrid star.

“A lot of people have compared him to Luka Modric, but he’s better than Luka was at this age.

“Everyone at the club thinks he has even more potential and that he will become one of the best players in the world.”

“And Tottenham is not the only one interested, but we hope that transfer will be realised and that Tin and Alen will go to Tottenham, but no-one can guarantee that.”

The combined fee is believed to be around £15m,excluding performance based incentives which will be included in their contracts. If the deal goes through, both players are expected to stay at Zagreb until they turn 18. That would mean Jedvaj joining White Hart Lane as early as this winter and Halilovic next summer.


“If the business was done, we would say so and if the transfer is completed, they will both stay at Dinamo.

“I can also reveal that there are many clubs after both of them, there is not a club from the top 20 in Europe that didn’t ask us about them.”

Source: Mirror

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