Premier League quintet target Zagreb ace

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Dinamo Zagrab have claimed that English quintet Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are all interested in young starlet Sime Vrsaljko.

The 18-year-old midfielder is rated as one of the best players to emerge from Croatia in recent years.

He has already been called into the Croatia squad for their next Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta, and if he plays will become the youngest ever player to represent the country.

Zagreb vice-president, Zdravko Mamic has confirmed that a number of clubs are chasing the exciting youngster.

"Everybody wants Sime Vrsaljko," Mamic was quoted as saying at a recent press conference.

"I can tell you, that he is followed by Manchester United and also City, Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham, by everybody!

"And I will not even start to name all the clubs from Germany, France and Italy who also want him."

Mamic, who rejected an offer from Marseille for Vrsaljko over the summer, insists they are not looking to part ways with their prize possession but are not in a position to reject any major bids.

"Our wish is not to sell anybody from our team, but the truth is, that we can only survive if we sell our best players," he said.

Reports in Croatia have estimated an offer for £8 million would be enough to secure the services of the country's hottest prospect.

Manchester United will be looking to add to their impressive young side, which boats recent signings Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Bebe - all of which are 21-year-old.

Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be keen to bring Vrsaljko to Old Trafford as early as this summer and has the funds to stave of interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, but knows City trump any offer they make if it turns into a bidding war.

Tottenham are hoping their Croatian influence could help them snare the midfielder - who has been compared to current Spurs midfielder Luka Modric.

Both clubs will face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City as well as Everton, who could have funds due to the potential sale of Steven Pienaar.


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