Croatia's Ante Coric during training
According to The Mirror, Liverpool are in pole position to snap up Dinamo Zagreb youngster Ante Coric, after he pulled out of a move to Manchester City.
The Reds have invested heavily this summer, bringing in the likes of Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane, and manager Jurgen Klopp doesn't have too many areas that need strengthening ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline.
Croatia's Ante Coric shoots at goal
However, a long-term target appears to be available, which may tempt the German back into the transfer market over the next three days.
The Mirror report that Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Ante Coric has snubbed a move to Manchester City, as he felt he was being stockpiled by Pep Guardiola's men – not an unfair observation to make, given that City have Nolito, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Jesus Navas, Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Patrick Roberts, Marlos Moreno and Gabriel Jesus in his position.
Croatia's Ante Coric during public training
However, Coric – who primarily plays as an attacking midfielder but can also play out wide – may yet earn a move to the Premier League, as other clubs appear to have joined the race for his signature after he rejected City.
It's claimed that Liverpool lead the race, as Klopp has allegedly been tracking the 19-year-old throughout the summer, and with Dinamo keen to cash in, the Reds could rekindle a move for the youngster.
(From L-R) Croatia's Marko Pjaca, Ante Coric, Filip Bradaric and Domagoj Pavicic
The report states that whilst Dinamo were set to bank £15m from a deal with City, Liverpool value Coric at £12m but could put add-ons in the deal to tempt the Croatian outfit into a deal before Wednesday.
Liverpool aren't the only club keen though, as it's added that Everton and Tottenham are also looking to sign Coric, meaning Klopp may have to move quickly if he is to land a player he has had an eye on all summer.
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