Dinamo Zagreb youngster will join European Champions rather than Spurs.
Bayern Munich have beaten Tottenham to the signature of Croatian wonderkid Alen Halilovic, according to various sources.
Tottenham were twice close to landing the 17-year-old this summer but the moves broke down because Halilovic’s father, Saed, had reservations about Spurs’ package.
The North London outfit were reportedly willing to offer Dinamo Zagreb £25m for Halilovic and teammate Tin Jedvaj, 17, before bidding around £17m for just Halilovic after Jedvaj joined Roma.
The Metro claimed this week that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had finally agreed a deal with Dinamo and Saed, a coach at the Croatian club, after three meetings across Europe.
But Champions League winners Bayern appear to have gazumped Spurs for the playmaker, after both Italian outlet Sportsmediaset and German journalist Gernot Bauer claimed a deal between Dinamo and the Bavarians was done.
Bayern have signed Dinamo Zagreb’s Alen Halilović for next season, according to @Sky_Gernot .
— Daniel Busch (@dan_bu) October 22, 2013
Halilovic senior was reportedly unhappy with Spurs’ desire to blood his son, a full Croatia international, in the youth setup before gradually introducing him to the first team, which makes the Bayern switch puzzling.
Pep Guardiola’s side are arguably the best on the planet and boast a host of midfielders including Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Javi Martinez.