Alen Halilovic
Alen Halilovic [Reuters]

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Alen Halilovic declared via his Instagram account on Friday that he will be joining Barcelona from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.

On Thursday, reports from Croatia stated that the Catalan giants agreed a deal with Dinamo for the youngster, who is also dubbed as the 'New Luka Modric' after the club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta flew to Croatia.

Halilovic's caption on his Instagram photo read, "Thanks Dinamo Zagreb for everything!!My first club and biggest love!!Now is time to move on to Barcelona."

Earlier this month, Barcelona reportedly had a £3.2m bid rejected by Dinamo for the Croatian. However, the Spanish champions have emerged victorious in adding the 17-year-old to their roster reportedly on a five-year deal.

Halilovic broke into the Dinamo first-team in the previous campaign and went on to feature in 18 matches in the Croatia Prva Liga. He also managed to grab his first cap for the National team in June last year against Portugal and featured two more times in friendly matches against Liechtenstein and Korea Republic in the months that followed.

The youngster revealed last November his admiration for English and Spanish football and was sure to leave Croatia considering his father's advice.

"My father told me that you cannot have a career in Croatia and reach the highest levels. I don't want to say which is my favourite team, in case I'll join another one. I love English and Spanish football, and during last summer I was near to a particular club, and they are still tracking me," Halilovic explained.

Earlier this week, the Dinamo president, Mirko Barisic, revealed their ongoing negotiations with Barcelona and said he expects the midfielder to be a part of the Barcelona B team that plays in the Spanish Liga Adelante.

"Executive chairman Zdravko Mamic is in contact with Barcelona representatives. We at Dinamo want all parties to be satisfied with this transfer. Nobody has any guarantee when it comes to the first team of Barcelona. But surely he must safely play in the second [B] team," quoted Barisic as saying.