Tottenham and Arsenal target Alen Halilovic has revealed that he will not be following in the footsteps of former teammate Tin Jedvaj by moving to Italy as he would prefer to move to England or Spain.
The 17-year-old is considered one of the hottest properties in European football after a rapid rise to prominence that has seen him become a first team regular at Dinamo Zagreb and earn three caps for Croatia.
Halilovic first came to the attention of numerous clubs last season when he made his debut in the Champions League and was the subject of an offer from Tottenham over the course of the summer.
Spurs were keen to recruit the attacking midfielder and Jedvaj, but the defender decided to make the move to Roma while Dinamo convinced Halilovic that he would be best off remaining at the Croatian club and receiving regular game time.
Earlier this week Arsenal were also linked with a possible bid for the teenager but it was believed that the most likely destination would be Italy.
However, Halilovic has now made it clear that there is no agreement in place with any club as his father and his agent attempt to plot the next move in his career.
"I've never been in talks either with Juventus or with Inter," stated Halilovic, as quoted in Gazzetta dello Sport. "Anyway, my father and Zdravko Mamic are the ones dealing with transfer market.
"I don't want to say which is my favourite team, in case I'll join another one."
The diminutive playmaker then suggested he would consider moving to the Premier League, news that will certainly provide a welcome boost for Tottenham and Arsenal.
"Yes, I love English and Spanish football, and during last summer I was near to a particular club, and they are still tracking me," he explained.
It is unclear whether either north London club will make an offer in January but Arsenal may well feel they have the edge as Halilovic has become used to playing in the Champions League, a tournament the Gunners have appeared in for the last 16 years.