Report: Spurs want Barcelona youngster Alen Halilovic, despite dropping interest in 2013

Spurs have been linked with a move for Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic.

According to a report from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Tottenham Hotspur are battling Arsenal and Manchester United for the signature of Barcelona wonderkid Alen Halilovic.

Spurs have already qualified for next season's Champions League, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for new signings to help him compete in multiple competitions - but he could stick with his tested policy of giving opportunities to young players.

The likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all thrived under Pochettino, and young players around the world will be watching their success, and wondering how they would fare with Pochettino's guidance.

Now, Mundo Deportivo report that Spurs are in the race to land Barcelona teenager Alen Halilovic - almost three years after abandoning their pursuit of him.

Halilovic, 19, is currently on loan at Barcelona's La Liga rivals Sporting Gijon, and with three goals and five assists this season, he's shown signs of fulfilling the potential he flashed at Dinamo Zagreb.

However, with so many midfielders in contention at the Camp Nou, it's suggested that Halilovic - who has been compared to former Spurs star Luka Modric - could leave the club this summer, and Tottenham are again keen on signing him, as are Arsenal and Manchester United.

As reported by Sky Sports back in 2013, Tottenham wanted to land Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb, but abandoned their interest shortly before he signed for Barcelona.

A diminutive, talented playmaker, Halilovic has bags of quality but will need a settled home and regular first-team football - something he hasn't had at Barcelona so far, and he can put himself in the shop window this summer, as he's likely to feature for Croatia at Euro 2016.

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