Barcelona have finalized the signing 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, Alen Halilovic, as the player announced on his Instagram account, for a yet unconfirmed fee of €10 million plus variables. For the past several days, it has been reported that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta and club negotiator, Raúl Sanllehí travelled to Croatia to negotiate the final touches of the deal that will bring one of Croatia’s most promising talents to the Catalan capital. Halilovic, who is left-footed and possesses great technical skill as been compared with his compatriot, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, as the two have similar playing styles and vision.
It is believed that Halilovic will join Barcelona B team just as Denis Suarez did after coming from Manchester City last summer, with a clause in his contract that he will gain automatic promotion to the first team in an unspecified amount of time. While Barcelona have yet to comment on the matter, Croatian media collaborate earlier reports and it appears that the Halilovic will be in Blaugrana within days, with the player already thanking Zagreb for everything.