Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Ante Rebic has impressed for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. He scored his nation’s first goal in their 3-0 group stage victory over Argentina.
The 24-year-old started as a central striker against Denmark and Russia, and played as a right winger when they faced Argentina. Zlatko Dalic started him as a left winger against Nigeria. His ability to play across various position hasn’t gone unnoticed.
According to SPORT BILD, Tottenham Hotspur have ‘put their interest in the player’ to the versatile star’s advisor a few weeks ago. Manchester United, Arsenal and Napoli have also joined the race for Rebic.
Former Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olić is the assistant coach of Croatia. He believes Rebic is best suited for the Bundesliga winners and having Niko Kovac as their new coach at the Allianz Arena, the Bavarians have an advantage.
The potential transfer fee has been pushed up to €50m, but that seems unreasonable given it will have been around half that before the World Cup.
Tottenham interest has been reported in Germany for a while, but Croatia’s 24Sata newspaper last week pushed Spurs and Manchester United forward.
Branislav Škeva Mićo, one of the men who helped Rebic early in his career, was quoted as saying: “It used to be said before: Ante Rebic is the Messi from Vinjana Donjih. Now it’s that Messi is the Rebic from Rosario.”
Interestingly, 24Sata estimated the price at €30m, so the €50m figure may be being pushed to the German media by Eintracht Frankfurt.