Tottenham are looking at the possibility of signing the £15 million-rated Ante Coric, dubbed the new Luka Modric, from Dinamo Zagreb in the January transfer window, according to the reports from Squawka. The London outfit will have to overcome any competition from Liverpool if they are to sign the player. Coric first came to the eyes of English clubs back in the summer when he was closely linked with a move to Manchester City. Despite the Premier League club managing to agree a £50 million transfer fee for the youngster, the transfer fell through largely because Coric was not comfortable with the fact that he would be going out on a season-long loan deal rather than fight for a place in the first team straight away.
Liverpool and Tottenham will have to come up with assurances that the player will receive in first-team opportunities rather than being loaned out to lesser known clubs across Europe.
Coric turned down the move to Manchester City in the summer, but it is reported that Dinamo Zagreb are now very keen on selling the player. It is becoming apparent that the club will not be able to feature in any form of European football in the second half of the campaign. They are sitting bottom of their Champions League group after failing to win any of the four matches. The group consists of Juventus, Sevilla, and Olympic Lyon.
Spurs think that they do have the advantage when it comes to signing a player from Dinamo Zagreb after having earlier business with the club for the transfer of Luka Modric back in 2008. The Croatian joined the club in a £16 million deal and was later sold to Madrid for almost twice the profit.
At just 19 years of age, Coric is seen as a player with an incredible potential to even better the exploits of Modric. While the little Croatian used to do dominate the game from the centre of the park, Coric is someone who wants to play much more forward. It is very likely that the interest surrounding Coric has come out at a time when the club are learning that it would be almost impossible to sign Isco from Real Madrid. The Spaniard is likely to be retained by the club, who are going to be banned from signing new players for two transfer windows.
Coric is someone who plays as an attacking midfielder while he can also play on the left. He may effectively be a replacement for Christian Eriksen, who continues to face a lot of criticism for his mediocre performances. The Danish international was extremely good in his first few years at the club, but the 2016-17 campaign is turning out to be his worst so far.