Spurs have been strongly linked with the 17-year-old play maker, dubbed the ‘next Luka Modric’ in some sections of the media and a player that the club have been linked with for some time.
Tottenham were reportedly ready to pay £10 million for the youngster over the summer with a report in Sky Sports Italia suggesting the club will even pay up to £17 million for the Croatian winder kid.
However, his father has made a demand that his son plays at least 45 minutes in each game should he move to Tottenham, which is threatening to see negotiations for the teenager fall through.
Tottenham are staring at a very important season and when they have more reliable and experienced midfielders in their first team squad, that’s not something that Andre Villas-Boas will be willing to commission.
The more sensible and realistic option for Spurs would be to inject him into the development squad of the club, allowing him to develop into a more solid first team player as he grows, gets stronger and becomes a more measured young man.
However, it seems Sejad Halilovic is not willing to be patient and his demands for first team action for his son could threaten to prevent a move for the player, which could ultimately make him a much more complete midfielder.
The deal is not impossible but someone is going to have to give up some serious ground.
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