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Liverpool Reportedly Battling Tottenham for Ante Coric

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With Manchester City out of the picture, reports claim it’s between Liverpool and Spurs for the £15M starlet.

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Over the summer, Manchester City were prepared to pay £15M for Dinamo Zagreb’s 19-year-old playmaker Ante Coric. The player, though, resisted the move when it became clear that there would not be room for him in Manchester City’s first team and that he would immediately be sent out on loan.

At the time, Liverpool and Tottenham were also said to be interested in the young Croatian, who has mostly played centrally in support of a striker so far in his young career, but neither were ready to step up and meet Zagreb’s asking price. Now, at least according to Squawka and the Express, that has changed.

Coric has had a solid season so far for Zagreb, scoring two goals and three assists in 13 appearances in the Croatian league. He also had a goal and assist in Champions League qualification, helping Zagreb to advance through three qualification rounds and earn a place in this season’s competition.

That, though, has been the highlight of Zagreb’s season so far. They are winless in the group stages of the Champions League and are struggling to keep pace with Rijeka domestically. And with Liverpool and Spurs said to still be sniffing around Coric, they’re said to be looking to make a January deal.

Zagreb would be happy to sell for £15M or thereabouts, Liverpool and Tottenham are interested, and the player would like to move to the Premier League. That rather sums up where the rumour currently stands, though as yet the reports are from, to put it mildly, less than confidence-inspiring sources.

Still, Coric is a top talent, as proven by the seriousness of City’s interest, and £15M would make for a very good price for him. If there’s any truth to the rumours, then, one would expect them to quickly gather strength over the next few weeks with the January transfer window looming.