AC Milan snap up ex-Barcelona playmaker Halilovic

The Croatia international failed to make his mark at Camp Nou, but will aim to kick-start his career with the Serie A giants

AC Milan have signed 22-year-old midfielder Alen Halilovic from Hamburg on a three-year contract as Gennaro Gattuso prepares his squad for the 2018-19 Serie A campaign.

The highly rated Croatia international scored two goals in 20 La Liga appearances for Las Palmas last season as he completed a two-year loan spell, having played just six league games for Hamburg.

Now he will be tasked with adding to a new-look Milan squad under Gennaro Gattuso that will set its sights on the Champions League next season after an extended period away from European competition. 

A surprise signing, a young talent: AC Milan have signed Alen Halilovic to build on the desire to create a stronger and younger team," the Rossoneri signalled in a statement released on their official website. 

"Alen has great potential, though his career has not yet flourished. He arrives in Serie A fully motivated, ready for that boost following his spell in La Liga.

"Left-footed, 169cm tall and 69 kilos, he is a creative and technical player with playmaking ability in the tight space, capable of operating throughout the midfield as no.10, winger or holding midfielder offering, therefore, a range of tactical solutions to Rino Gattuso.

"The young Croatian tends to move in from the right threatening in the middle with abilities to break through the line. Welcome, Alen!"

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After starting his career at Dinamo Zagreb, Halilovic joined Barcelona in 2014 and made one appearance for the club in the Copa del Rey.

His arrival at San Siro follows that of goalkeeper Pepe Reina and left-back Ivan Strinic, both on free transfers.

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