Tottenham look set to sign a young midfielder that was a target for Pep Guardiola. Guardiola wanted to bring the 19-year-old to Manchester City, but Spurs now appear to be ‘one-step’ away from completing a deal.
Italy’s Tuttomercatoweb say a €4million deal is nearly done to take Ante Coric to Tottenham Hotspur. The Italian source simply say the deal is ‘a step’ away from completion and Tottenham can now be confident of securing thier first summer signing.
On the face of it, this deal appears to be a bargain for Spurs. Coric has Champions League experience for Dinamo Zagreb and is just 19 years old. He is a creative midfielder that has been tracked by some of Europes best clubs including the likes of Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola a known admirer.
Coric has already played 67 games for Dinamo Zagreb’s first team and he is expected to play for the senior Croatian side in the near future. Coric has managed 4 goals and 5 assists in 23 league games for Zagreb. Standing at 5ft 7 he may struggle to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League at first, but his quality can help him adjust.
Coric has brilliant agility and quick feet which have seen him compared to former Spurs player Luka Modric. Coric struggles to explode through midfield due to his lack of power, and this may hinder his effectiveness in such a physical Premier League. He doesn’t have the raw acceleration to work well from deep positions, but when he finds pockets of space he can be incredibly dangerous – this is why he has played in an advanced midfield position for Zagreb.
At €4million this is a relatively risk-free deal for Spurs and they will be delighted if they can beat off the competition to persuade the youngster to join up. But after Coric is signed, attention should turn to senior signings after the squad crumbled yet again at the end of the season, falling from a title challenge to 3rd place and way behind title winners Leicester City. Pochettino may be wise to sign experience to make sure another title challenge doesn’t fade to terribly.