Mail Online report that Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Croatian wonderkid Alen Halilovic after agreeing an initial £1.8 million fee with Dynamo Zagreb which could rise to as much as £10 million.
The 17-year-old has been touted as ‘the next Luka Modric’ given his nationality and after making his breakthrough at such a young age, becoming the second youngest player in the Champions League.
The news comes as something of a blow to Tottenham supporters in the tavern who had been previously linked with the youngster especially last summer when ex-boss Andre Villas-Boas stepped up his efforts.
Halilovic, who will start his Barca career with the B side, decided to reject the advances from White Hart Lane on the advice of his father. It also believed that Arsene Wenger was tracking the starlet’s progress closely ahead of a potential move.
However he has ignored interest from England to link up the Catalan side and admitted that it was a dream move.
He said: “I’m delighted and it is difficult to find words to describe what I feel.
“Many thanks to Dinamo, who will always remain my first love and as the club where my dreams began to be realised. I would like to thank all the coaches and the fans of Dinamo.”
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