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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Italian jokes, Ćorić one step away from Tottenham

There is plenty of talk about Ante Ćorić, the latest being that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has phoned him to try to convince him to join Liverpool instead of Spurs.

Italian jokes, Ćorić one step away from Tottenham

Ante Ćorić is a 19-year-old (20 next January) Croatian footballer for Dynamo Zagreb in the Prva HNL as an attacking midfielder. He has a contract there until 2020.

Ćorić spoke to Vecernji List a month ago and explained that he was talking to other clubs because there was a lack of communication at Dynamo Zagreb but that that situation had now changed and he thought he would stay there this summer.

"I was very close to leaving Dynamo Zagreb. Communication with the club was pretty poor. I spoke with representatives from Manchester City and Bayern Munich, but also with a scout from Real Madrid and there were other clubs who wanted to sign me. 
"But everything has changed now, and I am once again happy in Dynamo. I think I will stay in Dynamo. "Obviously everyone wants to play for a big club in the long term, but I have a contract with Dynamo for four more seasons."

The British press are never very reliable with transfers from the Croatian area and it is they who have suggested Spurs are willing to pay £9,93 million (€13m - US$14.49m). The story is that if he decides to leave, not that he is willing to leave, but if he leaves Liverpool will offer £11.46 million (€15m - US$16.73m). Apparently he is one of the names at the top of Jurgen Klopp's shopping list.

Having said that, transfer situations can change very quickly, especially when there is something in the way that forces clubs to do their business early. Last summer it was an earlier start to the Premier League, this summer it is the European Championships. Countries do not want their players distracted with transfer activity while with their countries so they have to sort out their futures before or after the Championships.

Stories of Ćorić won't go away, the latest Sports Witness story suggesting we are very close to doing a deal. However, the story falls flat on its face because it mentions a fee of just £3.04 million (€4m - US$4.47m - AUS$6.19m). If anyone thinks Dynamo Zagreb are going to let a talent who is under contract until 2020 go for £3.04 million needs their head examining.

The story is rehashed from TMW whose own story is entitled, Italian jokes, Ćorić one step away from Tottenham. They are right,  at that fee it is a joke. I'm not saying we are not negotiating to try and sign him, we undoubtedly are talking.

I'd be happy to see another quality Croatian at The Lane.


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