The hype surrounding 16-year-old Croatian wonder-kid Alen Halilovic has been alive for a couple of months now. Halilovic has been billed as the “new Luka Modric” and is considered one the world’s most up and coming football talents.
Since joining Dinamo’s senior squad, he has also scored a couple of goals in which he displayed his talent. As well, he notched some Champions League appearances in what became a whirlwind introduction to top flight football in Croatia. Predictably, the transfer gossips have been out in full force and Halilovic has recently been linked with big-money moves to the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City.
This has caused Dinamo Zagreb’s sports director Zoran Mamic to go out on a limb and say that Manchester City’s reported £9 million bid for Halilovic wasn’t true and if it was “that wouldn’t even buy his left leg.”
Since many have already labelled him as the next Luka Modric, the 16-year-old play-making midfielder currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb has only recently signed a professional contract with the Croatian giants and plays for Croatia at the Under-17 level.
With the Croatian powerhouse renowned for producing talents such as Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and Eduardo Da Silva in recent years, Halilovic is the latest to come off the production line. Last season in the Champions League, two youngsters Mateo Kovacic and Sime Vrsjalko showcased their talents against Lyon and this year, Paris Saint-Germain was the latest team to be left impressed by the youthful prodigy that is Alen Halilovic.
Even though Halilovic recently signed a new contract with Dinamo only a few months back, it is unlikely that he will be allowed to leave for a big team at such a tender age. Dinamo coach Ante Cacic is convinced of the innate qualities of the player, but states that the youngster will need to be looked after as he is too young, even with all the comparisons and all those things that follow the lives of talented young players nowadays.
It’s no wonder that with Alen’s diminutive physique, excellent play making skills and an eye for scoring a goal from long-range, it is easy to see why comparisons are made to Modric. However, like most smaller European football clubs, it’s only a matter of time before the young Alen Halilovic is sold, but to whom and when is nothing more than a speculation right now.