Tottenham Hotspur were one of several teams heavily linked with the signature of Croatian sensation Tin Jedvaj this summer. The 17-year-old central defender had quickly established a reputation as one of the best young players on the continent with impressive displays at international youth level and for his club side Dinamo Zagreb.
But in the end he did as so many Croatian talents do and decided a switch to Italy was in his better interests. On July 10th it was confirmed that Roma had signed the player for a fee of £4.3 million - contrary to reports in English media earlier that week that a deal had been agreed for his move to North London.
Jedvaj even publicly acknowledged the strong interest from Spurs after signing for Roma:
"In the last weeks, there had been a strong interest from Tottenham, but Roma did a strong negotiation and now I'm happy to be in this group. My hope is to win titles, to repay the faith the club showed me and to show myself at the best of my potential to help Roma get a European place. My main aim is to stay here, playing with Roma and staying for many years. I feel myself ready to play with the main team and not the youth one.’’
And in pre-season it certainly seemed that Spurs had missed out on a real gem. Jedvaj starred for the Giallorossi in many pre-season games, belying his tender age of just 17 - and everyone was excited about seeing him play for the first-team in Serie A.
Yet, so far that has not been the case, as Jedvaj’s move has not been ratified by FIFA.
FIFA have taken over two months to ratify the move in regards to international clearance, due to the players under-18 status.
But yesterday that decision was finally passed and Jedvaj is now expected to feature in some regard against Parma this weekend - where he will be hoping to show Tottenham Hotspur what they are missing out on.
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