Ante Coric has earned the reputation as one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in Europe since bursting into the scene at Dinamo Zagreb back in 2014 and the 19-year-old has unsurprisingly been able to attract the interest from a host of top clubs in recent times.
It had been claimed earlier this month by Sky Sports that Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were interested in signing Coric and the two sides had contacted Dinamo regarding a potential transfer for the teenage sensation.
However, Manchester City had allegedly moved ahead of Tottenham and Everton in the race to sign Coric and the Daily Mirror claimed that the Citizens had managed to strike a deal to secure the services of the attacking midfielder.
In a dramatic turn of events, Croatian outlet Vecernji have now gone on to reveal that Coric has decided against making a move to City due to the fact that the Premier League side were planning to loan him out this season upon the completion of the move.
Dinamo are said to be unhappy with Coric’s decision as they look set to miss out on a whopping £15.3 million from the transfer but this is not the first time the youngster has decided to spurn the advances of a big team, with Bayern Munich also having been rejected by the player a few years ago (Four Four Two).
Coric’s decision is most certainly very surprising but it should be seen as an opportunity by Tottenham to revive their pursuit for the talented star.
It has been widely reported (BBC) recently that Tottenham are keen on signing Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha but the Eagles have made it clear that they are not willing to part with the Englishman for any price.
Tottenham’s interest in Zaha proves that the North London side are in the market to sign a new attacking player and as the Palace star is seemingly unavailable, Coric would be the perfect alternative for Spurs.
As evidenced by the widespread interest, there is no doubting the fact that Coric is an extremely talented player and Tottenham already know that a bid in excess of £15 million will be enough to tempt Dinamo into selling the player.
In today’s market, £15 million for a player of Coric’s quality seems like a steal and he would most certainly be much cheaper than any prospective deal for Zaha.
Probably the biggest hurdle to the potential deal will actually be to convince Coric to sign - the 19-year-old does not seem to be in a rush to move, especially having rejected an opportunity to sign for Manchester City.
While there is every possibility that Coric might do the same to Tottenham as well, a move to White Hart Lane would certainly be a much more attractive proposition for the young man who seems to be keen on his development rather than lucrative offers.
Tottenham has proven to be a wonderful platform for young players to develop and it is a well known fact that manager Mauricio Pochettino has tremendous faith in the abilities of youngsters.
Therefore, Coric would surely be tempted with a move to White Hart Lane and Tottenham should waste no time whatsoever in reigniting their pursuit for the Croatian international instead of Zaha.