Barcelona reportedly willing to sell Alen Halilovic; should West Ham renew alleged interest?

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Barcelona are reportedly open to selling playmaker Alen Halilovic.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona are open to the possibility of selling Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic at the end of the season.

Halilovic, 19, emerged as one of the world's top wonderkids during his time in his native Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb, and after an almighty scramble for his signature, he chose to join Barcelona.

With four goals in 30 games for Barcleona B last season, the Catalan giants then sent him out on loan to Sporting Gijon, where the playmaker is thriving this season.

Now though, Spanish newspaper Sport are suggesting that, with manager Luis Enrique believing Halilovic won't be a key player for Barcelona next season, they are willing to let him leave - but with a buy-back clause in place.

We've seen Barcelona negotiate similar deals for the likes of Adama Traore and Gerard Deulofeu, both of whom are now playing in the Premier League with Aston Villa and Everton respectively - so could Halilovic follow them to the Premier League?

It was reported by the Daily Star over the summer that West Ham were keen to sign Halilovic, given that their Croatian manager Slaven Bilic is familiar with the playmaker.

Now, the Hammers have the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Michail Antonio in their ranks after arriving over the summer, meaning Halilovic may not have a place in the West Ham side should Bilic still be interested in his signature.

Yet, with Lanzini and Moses only on loan, Halilovic should be a fallback option should either not complete permanent moves to East London, given that he still has plenty of potential at his disposal.

The buy-back clause may put teams off a move for Halilovic, but given his availability and obvious talent, Bilic should certainly be exploring the possibility of a deal either in January or at the end of the season.

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