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Nikola Vlašić 27

Vlašić, who will wear the No 27 jersey, impressed during Hajduk Split's two-legged Europa League playoff tie with the Toffees in August 2017 was the last signing to arrive at Finch Farm before the transfer deadline that month.

A former target of Arsenal and Chelsea, Vlašić was reported to have turned down a move to the Premier League in 2016 to remain in Croatia and support Blanka's preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.

He was apparently watched closely by AC Milan more recently but Everton have beaten off the competition to sign him.

An attacking midfielder who can operate across the forward line, Vlašić has made 87 league appearances and scored 11 goals for Hajduk since breaking into their team three years ago and earned his first cap for his country's senior team in 2017.

Under the terms of the deal, Hajduk would be due a further £925,000 (at current exchange rates) if certain appearance-related clauses are met, plus 10% of any sell-on fee for Vlašić.

“Nikola is one of those players who can play a big part in Everton's future and in what we want to achieve as a club,” Ronald Koeman said of the new acquisition.

Vlašić, meanwhile, expressed his delight at finalising the move.

“When there is a manager like Ronald Koeman who wants you, there is no need to talk about it much,” he said.

“I wanted to come here because of the manager, because of the big players, because of the reputation of the club. It is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I played a lot of games for Hajduk Split but the Premier League is something else. I am very excited about the opportunity to play for this big club.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and this is one of the top clubs in England. It is such a big honour for me to be here.”

But his introduction was somewhat mixed under Ronald Koeman, and he  featured nine times for Everton across all competitions . But that would stop abruptly when David Unsworth took over:

Talking to Sata 24 said: “It was good at the beginning when I came, but the coach changed. I haven’t talked to the new coach about why I’m not playing, it is about professionalism: you do not play, you do not play, you’re on the bench and that’s it, there is no story.”

In these nine games under Koeman he scored one goal, in the Europa League fixture against Apollon Limassol, which helped his side to a 2-2 draw.

 

FactFile

Squad number 27
Position Attacking midfield
Nationality Croatian
Born Split
Date of birth 4 October 1997
Height 5' 10"
Joined 31 August 2017
Joined from Hajduk Split
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £8m (^£9m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2022
Debut (sub) v Tottenham (H)
9 September 2017
Full debut v Atalanta (A)
12 September 2017
Previous Clubs Hajduk Split
» Soccerbase Datafile
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 27 3 (1) 0 3 (2) 1 6 (3) 1
  Totals 3 (1) 0 3 (2) 1 6 (3) 1

 



Previous Career

Season Team Appearances Goals
2014-17 Hajduk Split 86 11


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