Emirates Stadium side look to beat local rivals in chase for talented playmaker.
Arsenal are readying a move to beat Tottenham to the signing of long term White Hart Lane target Alen Halilovic according to the Daily Express.
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Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly close to sealing a deal to sign the 17 year old Dinamo Zagreb starlet over the summer but the move fell through with Halilovic’s agent Shay Chen insists that his client’s club are demanding too high a fee for the pint sized playmaker.
Reports of a deal to send Halilovic to CSKA Moscow as a replacement for Keisuke Honda have proved false and there has been no confirmation of that rumours of interest from Bayern Munich held any water and now Arsenal are ready to enter the fray.
Though the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are likely to block Halilovic’s path to the Arsenal first team set-up immediately the chance to play under Arsene Wenger, who is of course well known for his willingness to trust to youth, could well see the Emirates Stadium side get the upper hand over their local rivals.
Halilovi? has already been capped at senior level by Croatia and has Champions League experience under his belt.