Arsenal & Tottenham get boost in 'Croatian Messi' hunt

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotsour have been given a boost in their pursuit of a player dubbed the 'Croatian Lionel Messi' after he admitted he wants a transfer.

Alen Halilovic stunned crowds with his extraordinary talent when he burst onto the scene for Dinamo Zagreb to make his debut at 16, drawing the attention of Europe's big clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham.

Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly close to signing Halilovic last summer, but the deal failed to materialise, now Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to step in and try to hijack any Spurs attempt to snap him up at the second chance.

Arsenal have a reputation for helping talented young players realise their potential and are now topping the Premier League after a terrific start to the season, so their interest will be worrying their fierce local rivals at Whist Hart Lane.

Spurs and the Gunners will have been given a boost over any move for the 17-year-old midifelder after he admitted he would need a move away from Croatia to take his development further, while also dismissing any suggestion he had been in talks with Serie A clubs.

"My father told me that you cannot have a career in Croatia and reach the highest levels," he told Gazzetta dello Sport

"I've never been in talks either with Juventus or with Inter. I don't want to say which is my favourite team, in case I'll join another one.

"I love English and Spanish football, and during last summer I was near to a particular club, and they are still tracking me."

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