Transfer news: Barcelona complete signing of Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb in €2.2m (£1.8m) deal

Halilovic had attracted attention from across Europe but will head to Spain in the summer after agreeing to join the Catalan side

Jack de Menezes
Thursday 27 March 2014 16:50
Alen Halilovic has agreed to join Barcelona from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer
Alen Halilovic has agreed to join Barcelona from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Croatian teenage sensation Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb on an initial €2.2m (£1.8m) deal.

Halilovic has attracted attention from Europe’s top clubs but Barcelona have beaten off competition from the likes of Manchester City to complete the deal and make an announcement on Thursday.

The Dinamo academy product will head to the Nou Camp on a five-year deal, with the agreed fee set to increase based on bonuses regarding his performance in the years to come. The attacking midfielder was left speechless by the move, and while he left his beloved Dinamo with a heavy heart, Halilovic couldn’t contain his excitement at playing for the reigning La Liga champions.

“It's difficult to find the words to describe how I feel,” Halilovic said when speaking to Barcelona's official website. “Many thanks to Dinamo, who will always remain with me as my first love and as the club where I first began to realise my dreams.

“I want to thank all the coaches at the Dinamo academy, and all the supporters.

“Of course, Barcelona is something special. It's the club I've loved since I was a boy and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to play for them.

“First of all, I want to win the double with Dinamo, and then concern myself with my new club.”

Halilovic will complete the season with the Croatian side before heading to Spain, where he will link up with the player he has been nicknamed after, Lionel Messi. Dubbed the ‘Balkan Messi’ by Dinamo supporters, Halilovic will have a long way to go if he is to live up to the expectation that has already built-up over his future.

He made his international debut last season for Croatia to become their youngest ever player, having already set new records for the youngest ever goalscorers in the Croatian top flight and making his Champions League debut against FC Porto.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in