The Croatia Under-21 striker has been the subject of several scouting trips by the north Londoners and would welcome a move to White Hart LaneEXCLUSIVE
By Ewan Roberts
Tottenham have been described as an “ideal” fit for highly-rated RNK Split striker Ante Rebic, who has been scouted by clubs across Europe.
The 19-year-old has attracted interest from "every top club from England", and after notching nine goals in 23 league starts for his club, RNK have already rejected several offers for their coveted youngster.
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Rebic is very impressive. He plays as more of a second striker but can also play on the left wing. He's really powerful going forward, with decent pace and is skilful, too. He also has the footballing brain to play at a high level.
In terms of playing style he is a mix between Ivan Perisic and Alen Boksic.
Playing for the small Split side, plus the fact he is yet to make his Croatia debut, means he would probably be available for around £4-5 million at the most.
“For sure [he would like to move to England],” Dikic told Goal.com. “But it would have to be a good club, because [RNK Split] are asking minimum €5m, and not every club can afford that.
“He is a regular for the Croatia Under-21s and I think he will now be selected for the national team against Scotland.
“Ante is confident in himself and he would like a move. England is number one and Germany. The way of playing is attractive, fast.
“Absolutely [Tottenham would be a good club for him]. The way of playing from Tottenham, and the way of playing from Ante, maybe, maybe, the right club.
“Because offensively Ante is good - he's big, strong, fast - it could be an ideal situation.”
Rebic has been likened to one-time Middlesbrough striker Alen Boksic, who won Serie A with both Juventus and Lazio, while Croatia national team coach Igor Stimac has labelled the 19-year-old the best player in the Prva HNL league.
Such lofty comparisons mean Rebic is hot property and Tottenham, who have deployed several scouting trips to Split, will face stiff competition for the 6 ft 1 in forward.
“It is not only now [that Tottenham have watched Rebic], it was also before,” Dikic continued. “But not only Tottenham, lots of other English clubs. German and Italian clubs are scouting him also. Manchester City, Man United, everybody. Every top club from England.
“There's a big, big interest for the player. For Tottenham I cannot confirm or deny the interest officially, it's up to the club.”
Dinamo Zagreb – from whom Spurs bought Luka Modric in 2008 – are also looking to make a move, and have reportedly already had a bid rejected by RNK Split. And although Rebic is keen to test himself one of Europe's top leagues, he would be tempted by the Croatian giants.
“Zagreb is giving a big offer, they also want to [sign] him. For his development, maybe Dinamo is the best because he's in Croatia, he will play regularly in the national team.”
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