Arsenal still a threat to Tottenham's €20m double Croatian deal


Tottenham are on the verge of pulling off a €20 million deal for Dinamo Zagreb starlets Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic - but could still be pipped by rivals Arsenal.

Zagreb president Mirko Barisic confirmed that the young pair, both 17-years-old who would move when they turn 18, would be leaving Croatia in a deal worth around €20 million - although he refused to name who they would be joining.

Halilovic in particular is viewed as one of the most exciting young players in Europe, and has drawn comparisons with countryman Luka Modric, who starred for Spurs before joining Real Madrid in 2012.

Speaking at a press conference today Dinamo Zagreb executive director Zdravko Mamić confirmed the club reported by the media as having sewn up a deal for both players was Tottenham, but insisted it wasn't over the line just yet.

"Negotiations with Spurs are in progress, but the deal in not done yet," he said.

"We are negotiating with Tottenham. We hope and believe the transfer of those two to Spurs will happen, but it's not yet done.

"When and if the transfer of Halilović & Jedvaj to Spurs is confirmed, both Dinamo and Tottenham will publish it officially."

Mamić also later revealed that there was still a chance Tottenham could be beaten to the punch, and named Arsenal as one a handful of clubs who could do just that.

Both youngsters have attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs in the past.

Arsenal and Roma are said to have tried to land Jedvaj, who is a ball-playing defender, while Real Madrid and Manchester City have been credited with an interest in Halilovic, who according to Barisic has the potential to be better than Modric.

"A lot of people have compared him to Luka Modric, but he's better than Luka was at this age," said the Zagreb president.

"Everyone at the club thinks he has even more potential and that he will become one of the best players in the world."

Jedvaj's agent confirmed last week that both Arsenal and Tottenham had been in touch over a possible summer switch, along with Roma, who pulled out of the race after failing to meet Dinamo's valuation. 

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