Rebic hit the opener as Croatia stunned their South American opponents to top Group D and the report claims that has put him on Spurs’ radar as they look to make a renewed title bid next season.
The wideman currently plays his club football for Eintracht Frankfurt and the report says that the German outfit would sell for a fee of £26.3m, although World Cups have a habit of driving up transfer fees.
Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko are all players named in the report as potential departures from North London this summer, and the report suggests that the funds from their sales could, in part, buy Rebic.
There is no doubting that Rebic took his goal exceptionally well but it was presented by a goalkeeping error from Willy Caballero, of Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea.
Aside from the goal, the winger was a peripheral figure in the match, struggling badly to get involved in general play, despite facing an Argentine defence which was shambolic in its organisation and approach to dealing with the Croatian frontline.
That lack of involvement has to be a worry for Pochettino, especially given the dangers that have been encountered many times in the past with buying players solely on the back of a World Cup.