Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in signing Croatia’s Euro 2016 star Ante Coric, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Croatia’s 19-year-old young player of the year is at his first major tournament with his home country having had an impressive season with Dinamo Zagreb in which he managed four goals in 19 starts during the clubs league campaign.
A host of English clubs are said to be keen to secure the youngster’s signature this summer following his impressive form, with Manchester City looking to table a bid of around £6million for the young midfielder.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has also reportedly spoken to Coric, and scouts at Chelsea have allegedly recommended the former Red Bull Salzburg youth player to the Blue’s having been excited with his performances.
The name not mean much to many fans of the Premier League, but at only 19 years of age, Coric is one of the upcoming stars of world football.
Here are five things you need to know about the Croatian ahead of his proposed Premier League switch …..
At the young age of 12, Coric turned down a host of European clubs including Barcelona and Chelsea to join the academy at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
He believed that the players of his age at the club were better than any of those elsewhere in Europe, and that they trained more often too.
How’s that for work ethic at 10?
Coric holds the prestigious title of being the youngest goalscorer in Europa League history, having bagged with only a mere 17 years and 157 days to his name.
The Croatian came on as a late substitute in Dinamo’s opening game against Astra Giurgiu and scored the 5th in a 5-1 victory.
That’s right, May. And not May 2014 or 15, May 2016. Coric gained his first international cap earlier this year in a 1-0 friendly win over Moldova earlier this year.
The youngster had only two international appearances to his name before being named in the Euro 2016 squad, and was called up alongside fellow Zagreb player Marko Rog.
While able to play across the whole of the midfield, Coric is at his best in the ‘number 10’ role, sitting in just behind the strikers.
His quick feet and ability to find space between the defence and midfield make him a danger to the opposition, and Coric is more than capable of either finding a killer pass or the net when in that hole.
Zagreb has a fine reputation of producing some of the finest players in Croatia over the years, with the likes of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovavic moving on from the club in recent years.
The Croatian champion’s manager Zoran Mamic however claims that Coric has the potential to usurp the rest.
“Ante is a treasure for our club. He is a greater talent than Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic were at his age.” he said when describing the young midfielder. Quite the compliment.