Manchester City have made an official bid for Hajduk Split’s Croatia under-19 captain Ante Palaversa in recent hours, according to a host of reports in Croatia.
It was reported by Sky Italia in mid-January that a fee had been agreed for midfielder Palaversa, but that proved to be premature.
However, it is claimed that earlier today City made a formal bid of €4.8 million (£4.1 million) with a further €1.5 million (£1.3 million) to follow in bonuses. That would make it a €6.3 million (£5.4 million) deal with Hajduk Split also entitled to 10 per cent of any future transfer fee.
Part of the deal would see Palaversa return to Hajduk Split on loan for one to one-and-a-half seasons, meaning City see him as a future investment rather than an instant addition to Pep Guardiola’s squad.
City are awaiting a response from the Croatian club and Palaversa already has tickets booked to fly to Manchester if the bid is accepted. The player would then undergo a medical on Tuesday before penning a 4.5 year contract, it is reported.