Spurs are desperate to sign Alen Halilovic, arguably the world’s best 17-year-old…
Tottenham are happy to pay a whopping £17m for Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic, after missing out on a £10m move during the summer, reports The Daily Express.
The 17-year-old wonderkid plays for Dinamo Zagreb, and has already picked up three international caps.
Spurs have earmarked the elegant midfielder as a priority January transfer target, but the player’s father looks set to block a potential move. Due to Halilovic’s meteoric rise through the first-team, his father, Sejad, wants guarantees put in a potential contract over playing time for his son, which Spurs and Andre Villas-Boas do not want to give.
The Premier League club would prefer to nurture Halilovic through the youth and Under-21 set-up, but Halilovic snr. believes this will merely stunt his development, and block his path to the very top.
The youngster has represented Croatia at every level since the Under-14s, and has scored two senior league goals in the physical Croatian domestic league in 26 appearances since making his debut as a 16-year-old.
Halilovic prides himself on his outstanding technical skills, intricate passing, and ability to drift into space between the lines in the final third. His style has drawn comparisons to Luka Modric, who of course starred for Spurs before joining Real Madrid for a whopping £30m in 2012.