Following an 18-month loan spell at Las Palmas, Italian reports claim that Alen Halilovic will become AC Milan’s first signing of the transfer window.
Calcio Mercato report that The 22-year old Croatian, who is currently at German club Hamburg, is due to arrive in Milan today to undergo a medical with the Rossoneri, before signing a three-year deal with the club.
The attacking midfielder came through the ranks at Dinamo Zagreb before signing with Barcelona in a €2.2 million deal in May 2014. Raised in the club’s La Masia system, Halilovic gathered rave reviews for his performances with Barcelona B, with many believing that he was one of football’s top emerging talents. In 2015, the Croat made his first appearance for the senior team, coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 away win over Elche CF in the Copa del Rey.
In the summer of 2015 Barcelona sent Halilovic to Sporting Gijon on a season-long loan deal. He made 37 appearances for the Asturian side, scoring five goals and providing five assists.
The following year, Barca sold the player to Hamburg for €5.5 million, with the Catalan club inserting a €10 million buy-back clause if he proved his worth in the Bundesliga. His time in Germany seemed worthless however, and following an uneventful year he was sent to Las Palmas in the hope that he’d find his footing in familiar territory.
During his two years in the Canary Islands, Halilovic featured in 39 games for Las Palmas, scoring twice and showed in spurts why he was so highly-rated just a short time ago.
Milan were quick to secure a deal for Halilovic after announcing that they will appeal the ban given by UEFA which prevents the club from taking part in next season’s Europa League, after the governing body ruled that the £200 million spent on transfers last summer following the club’s takeover breached Financial Fair Play rules around requirements for clubs to break even.