Barcelona were the envy of every major European club when they announced in mid-March that a deal had been reached with Dynamo Zagreb for the signature of 17 year-old prodigy Alen Halilovic.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a wealth of clubs throughout the continent, ranging from Tottenham to Real Madrid, and has often described as a mix between Luka Modric and Lionel Messi.
Despite his tender age, Halilovic has already racked up six goals and 54 first team appearances for Modri, this term proving to be a useful cameo performer in his side’s all-but mathematically secured Prva HNL title bid. He’s also represented Croatia at senior level on three occasions.
With the Catalans now facing a year-long transfer ban however, there are reports that their Halilovic swoop will have to be surrendered. Nou Camp vice president Manel Arroyo believes a successful appeal should see the deal go through, due to the fact it was completed before FIFA’s embargo was officially announced.
But the governing body are yet to confirm, and should the Croatian prospect’s move be blocked, a European scramble for his services will undoubtedly ensue, that Liverpool would be foolish not to try and get involved in.