The talented Croatian had just had a stellar season for little-known Croatian outfit RNK Split and was being linked with a move to Spurs for €5 million.
Goal.com claimed that the striker had ‘been the subject of several scouting trips by the north London club’ and his agent spoke highly of a potential move:
“Absolutely. The way of playing from Tottenham, and the way of playing from Ante, maybe, maybe, the right club. Because offensively Ante is good - he's big, strong, fast - it could be an ideal situation.”
Compared to a mixture between Alen Boksic and Ivan Perisic the attacker seemed to be on his way to Spurs as something of a gamble from Andre Villas-Boas.
As a side-note to purring over David Villa in May this is what the Spurs supremo had to say about Rebic:
"Rebic? I have no idea who this player is, I'm sorry. I don't know where this news has come from, not out of disrespect to the player but he's not someone I'm looking at."
Oh, right … well that’s awkward.
So Tottenham never actually had any interest in signing the talented forward - despite many reports to the contrary.
But, as we spoke of in June, this did not mean the player would not get a big move this summer. As is the norm at the moment with players from the Balkans, especially Croatia, he was heavily linked with a move to Italy this summer.
Sampdoria were said to be the front-runners for any signature, with Lazio and Palermo also mentioned - but he is now on his way to Fiorentina.
La Viola lost Adem Ljajic to AS Roma yesterday and Rebic will likely be asked to act as his immediate replacement.
After his recent performances at the World Under-20 Championships there is, rightly, a bit of a buzz around this talented 19-year-olds move.
He has signed a five-year-deal in Florence and will be hoping to prove to AVB what he is missing in this seasons Europa League, where Spurs and Fiorentina could meet.
Here he is scoring on his international debut for Croatia this month, so far his only cap for Hrvatska…
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