A couple of weeks ago the news was being broke by nearly every news source across the country that Tottenham Hotspur were ready to join the race, and take the lead in the race, for Japanese international Keisuke Honda.
The ‘Japanese Ronaldo’ is out of contract in January, which of course makes him one of the most sought after players in Europe right now, it could also have something to do with his immense talent.
But the reality seems to be, that Spurs will not be getting their man. Reports in Japan and Italy suggest that a deal with AC Milan is done - and Honda has long been linked with a move to Serie A - he almost joined Lazio in 2012 for instance.
But one thing that is for sure, is that Honda is leaving - and CSKA need a replacement.
Bad news again for Tottenham, as it is one of their long-term targets who could be on the move to Russia.
Alen Halilovic, the teenage Croatian dubbed ‘the next Luka Modric’ is being lined up by the Russian champions as the perfect replacement for the departing Honda.
Russian source Izvestia brings the news, and Halilovic may prefer a Russian switch in order to potentially play more guaranteed first-team football.
But excuse Spurs fans for taking the news with a pinch of salt. It was reported in the summer that they had snapped up the teen, and a couple of weeks ago Bayern Munich had done the same. These were reported as done deals, signed and sealed, before the reality proved to be rather different.
The only thing that this new news presents is that Tottenham, and Bayern, and CSKA all have a fight on their hands in the pursuit of the Dinamo Zagreb playmaker.
Because it seems every team in Europe currently wants to take a bite.
Where do you think Halilovic will go? Spurs, Bayern, CSKA or other?
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