Report: Manchester City send scouts to check out Croatian high-flyer Ante Coric

Manchester City have been linked with Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric.

According to a report in the Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Manchester City sent scouts to watch Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric feature against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

City have for the best part of the past few years focused on buying proven talent, big-money signings who will immediately step into the first-team squad and challenge for a place.

Millions have been spent on the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi alone last summer, yet such a tactic often poses a potential long-term problem.

The average age of City’s first-team XI has been increasing, while there has also been a distinct lack of younger players pushing through and challenging for a place in the team.

It’s an area which City appear to be trying to rectify and according to the latest reports in Croatia, Zagreb’s high-flyer Ante Coric has become the subject of strong interest from the club.

Sportske Novosti claim Manuel Pellegrini’s side had scouts watching the 18-year-old in action against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a game the German giants won 2-0.

Coric is predominantly an attacking midfielder, though he is also capable of playing in wide areas.

Despite his young age, he is already a Croatian league winner and has valuable Europa League, Champions League and international [U21s] experience under his belt.

The talented youngster has all the attributes needed to go on and become a top player, and talk has already been rife of him emulating Luka Modric’s current achievements.

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