Southampton were reportedly interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Amer Gojak during the summer, but now the youngster is on the radar of both Barcelona and Manchester City, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Saints reportedly had a bid for the highly-rated 22-year-old turned down this summer, with Zagreb refusing to sell one of their prized assets for a low price.
The Croatian side know that Gojak will command a high transfer fee should he ever leave the club, so are reportedly planning on holding out for a huge offer instead of offloading him now in a cut-price deal (via Sport Witness).
Having joined Zagreb in 2015, Gojak has established himself in the Croatian top flight, winning four league titles with his current employers. He has also earned eight senior caps for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, scoring three times.
At 22, Gojak is a player of real potential with a long future ahead of him in the game, and though he was limited to just 28 minutes off the bench during Zagreb’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night, there is now talk of some of Europe’s biggest clubs being interested in acquiring his signature.
Mundo Deportivo (via CaughtOffside) claims that Barcelona sent a scout to watch Gojak against the Citizens earlier this week, showing the calibre of team the young midfielder is now attracting, while they have also reported that City themselves are keeping a close eye on the Bosnian as he continues to impress in Croatia.
Southampton will perhaps rue their decision not to submit a higher offer for Gojak during the summer, who clearly has an abundance of quality.
The attacking midfielder has already scored three goals and provided three assists in all competitions this season for Zagreb (per Transfermarkt), and is now on the radar of two of Europe’s biggest hitters.
With respect to the Saints, with the two aforementioned names now thrown into the mix, a move for the Bosnian now looks extremely unlikely.
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