Report: Newcastle United make ambitious bid for Ante Coric

Croatia's Ante Coric shoots at goal

The 19-year-old is on the radar of some of the world's biggest clubs so it would be a huge surprise if he was tempted to sign for Newcastle United.

Nine years after falling agonisingly short in their pursuit of Luka Modric, The Chronicle reports that Newcastle United are preparing a bid for his long-term successor in the Croatian national team.

19-year-old Dinamo Zagreb prodigy Ante Coric is one of the most in-demand youngsters in European football with the cream of Europe’s footballing crop, from Liverpool to Manchester City, Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, all linked in recent years.

Croatia's Ante Coric shoots at goal

A diminutive but exceptionally gifted midfielder with an eye for the perfect pass, Coric has been labelled ‘the new Modric’ in his homeland; a homage to one of the world’s finest play-makers who, as claimed by the Telegraph, Newcastle were on the verge of signing in 2008.

And The Chronicle reports that Newcastle have attempted to steal a march on the continent’s elite with one of the most dramatic transfer swoops of modern times, although the Croatian giants have rejected the Magpies' initial £25 million bid.

Owner Mike Ashley’s desire to stockpile the world’s best young talents and sell them on at a huge profit is well established but, even still, Coric could prove well beyond Newcastle’s reach.

- Croatia's Ante Coric during public training

The Chronicle adds that the teenager has turned down the advances of Barcelona and Bayern in the past while, as reported by Goal, he refused to complete a move to Liverpool due to a desire to play in the Champions League.

Therefore, it is unlikely that a club in the second tier of English football, 14 years since their last appearance in Europe’s premiere club competition, will pique the interest of a player who appears to have his pick of the world superpowers.

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