Capped at all levels of youth football for Croatia, Coric formerly played for Red Bull Salzburg, but it has been since his transfer to Zagreb that first-team appearances have made his name.
A playmaking midfielder, Coric is held in high regard by a number of people who have seen him. Quoted on UEFA.com, Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic called him “a greater talent than Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić were at his age,” whilst the club president called him better than Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinečki.
The similarities between some of Croatia’s greatest ever players has caused the interest in Coric to rise in the last months, with the UEFA site listing Bayern Munich as a big admirer in him. Having stepped into the void left by Internazionale star Mateo Kovacic, Coric has now become a key first-team member - and that is the source of Everton’s interest.
As reported by Vecernji List, the Toffees are preparing a €5 million offer for Coric, having been tracking his development during training sessions. The offer will be submitted in the spring ahead of a potential summer move, with Roberto Martinez said to be looking at making Coric his main playmaker for the Merseyside club.
However, the Toffees will face competition from another Bundesliga side, with Borussia Dortmund namechecked in the article as an interested suitor. Reportedly, head coach Jurgen Klopp will have him as an irreplaceable member of the first-team inside half-a-year of his transfer.
Martinez will have to interest Coric with a more prosperous career path if he intends to steal the youngster ahead of the other interested clubs.