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Tottenham still chasing Croatia’s ‘new Luka Modric’

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Discussions over the youngster potential move to Spurs are ongoing.

Tottenham look set to step up their pursuit of Croatian youngster Alen Halilovic, despite having a €20 million bid for the player turned down by his representatives.

The midfielder is currently on international duty at the Under-17 World Cup but has already been identified by the North London club as a potential successor to former fan-favourite Luka Modric.

Currently on the books of Dinamo Zagreb, the midfielder is the latest exciting youngster to emerge from the Croatian club, following hot on the heels of 19-year-old Mateo Kovačić, who was snapped up by Inter Milan for €15 million at the end of last season.

Spurs evidently value Halilovic in a similar bracket but after tabling a substantial bid for the player, the agreement looks to have hit a stumbling block amid reports that the player’s father Sejad has rejected the initial offer.

According to a report from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, he is currently seeking assurances or “technical safeguards” that will maximise the player’s chances of developing a fully-fledged career in professional football.

In particular, he is keen to ensure that his son Halilovic gets as much playing time as possible and is unlikely to be open to a move to Tottenham unless he can be guaranteed some degree of first-team football.

Given the size of the bid tabled by Spurs and their continued eagerness to seek out the brightest young stars in world football, such assurances could be forthcoming though with Daniel Levy and those behind the scenes taking responsibility for transfer dealings while Andre Villas-Boas manages the team, a potential conflict could be in the offing.

But with the deal offering the chance to land the second youngest player to ever feature in the Champions League, this may be one transfer saga that could roll on and on.

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