Croatian star Alen Halilovic has been in the north London club’s sights, but reports in Italy and Germany are suggesting that he has signed for the European champions.
Tottenham are thought to have missed out on the ‘new Luka Modric’, as Bayern Munich are believed to have agreed a deal to sign Alen Halilovic.
The 17-year-old has shot to superstardom last year, with exemplary technique and individual skill for Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs were thought to have been close to agreeing a deal for the eastern European playmaker in recent times, but reports in Italy and Germany are suggesting that the teenager has agreed to move to the European champions instead.
The story broke in Italian media source Sportmediaset late on Tuesday, with Halilovic said to be set to sign a long-term contract with Pep Guardiola’s men.
It has yet to be confirmed by either club, but rumblings on Twitter suggest that the deal is done. The chief reporter for Sky Sports News in Germany, Gernot Bauer, has stated that the attacking midfielder’s switch to the Allianz Arena has been agreed.
The major stumbling block for Tottenham in recent times has been the player’s father, Sead, who has been reluctant to allow his son to move to White Hart Lane. Halilovic senior has been keen to ensure that the midfielder will have regular first-team football when he leaves his homeland, which Spurs are not able to afford him.
It is believed that Andre Villas-Boas and the powers that be at Tottenham want to start Halilovic in the youth system, and breed him into the senior side slowly but surely.
With a wealth of midfielders at the Portuguese coach’s disposal, Halilovic would surely have to wait for his chance in the side. Despite this, Spurs were reportedly ready to pay as much as €20 million for the star.
Despite only being 17, Halilovic has already broken into the senior Croatia side, winning three caps this year. He also became the youngest ever player to play for his club at the age of 16.
Whether Halilovic will get the instant first-team football that his father wants for his son at Bayern remains to be seen. The Bundesliga giants have the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Toni Kroos, Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze for the Croat to compete with – no easy task for even the most gifted of players.
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