A photo of the 19-year-old signing his five-year contract with the club were shared by journalist Tim Žaja on Twitter just before 8pm this evening, not long after his sister Blanka's Instagram story seemed to confirm that he was now an Everton player.
Vlašić, who will wear the No.27 jersey, impressed during the Croatian side's two-legged Europa League playoff tie with the Toffees this month and has become the latest signing to arrive at Finch Farm this summer.
A former target of Arsenal and Chelsea, Vlašić was reported to have turned down a move to the Premier League last year 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. His participation in the Europa League group stages won't cup-tie him for the group stages of the competition and beyond.
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.
He was recently won his first cap for his country's senior team but is on duty with Croatia's U21s during the current international break from which he was given permission to take time off yesterday to conclude a medical and personal terms with Everton.
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.”
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1 Posted 31/08/2017 at 19:58:47
2 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:01:13
3 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:02:12
Calvert-Lewin a "young player" whilst being older than Vlasic, so this must be one for the future, eh Ron?
So, on to the old-enough forward we need for now.
5 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:06:06
6 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:07:25
7 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:09:01
8 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:10:13
9 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:12:58
10 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:13:43
We need pace and width in that squad and he can provide that albeit nowhere near the finished article.
11 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:15:04
12 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:16:15
13 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:17:45
14 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:19:40
Agree with Frank re playing in first team squad.
15 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:20:03
16 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:22:01
17 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:26:25
It will happen.
18 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:27:25
Striker next please .
19 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:30:10
21 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:38:09
22 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:40:47
Any doubters should read the Bleacher report on him for enlightenment !
He is a physical specimen for such a young age and has been brought up on hard work and dedication.
Fast strong, two footed, the faithful should give him time and they will be rewarded.
23 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:43:59
25 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:47:42
26 Posted 31/08/2017 at 20:54:49
27 Posted 31/08/2017 at 21:38:16
28 Posted 31/08/2017 at 21:58:43
30 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:20:53
31 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:21:58
32 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:24:09
35 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:40:33
36 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:46:02
38 Posted 31/08/2017 at 23:23:32
Good luck to the kid - he'll need it methinks in a team which becomes a bigger 'bugger's muddle' with each game played !
40 Posted 01/09/2017 at 00:21:08
41 Posted 01/09/2017 at 01:04:07
42 Posted 01/09/2017 at 01:20:59
43 Posted 01/09/2017 at 01:24:27
44 Posted 01/09/2017 at 02:06:52
No. RK probably has him in mind as a back up goalkeeper.
45 Posted 01/09/2017 at 03:36:17
Looking forward to seeing how our 3-7-0 formation works against Spurs.
46 Posted 01/09/2017 at 03:46:31
47 Posted 01/09/2017 at 07:03:32
48 Posted 01/09/2017 at 07:27:56
49 Posted 01/09/2017 at 08:07:51
Moshiri is happy to go on Sky to pronounce on football matters and seems untroubled by the absence of a serious forward line. His bizarre intervention at the same time last season was telling. We will continue to find out what sort of owner we have.
Walsh and Koeman must, of course, have had a central role and so must Uncle Bill whom the manager praised highly for concluding the hugely protracted Sigurdsson deal.
Between them they have left us toothless and I fail to see how that can be considered remotely beneficial as an investment decision or as part of a greater, long term plan. Those who think that some combination of the available players will plug the gap are fooling themselves.
I think Evertonians are fully entitled to be dismayed. There is nothing negative or miserable about saying so.
50 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:16:14
For a sixteen-to-nineteen year old vs grown men playing predominately on the wing or center attacking mid and not as a striker, that's pretty darn good.
51 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:27:17
52 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:27:18
I'm not sure Koeman or the fans see it that way.
53 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:39:50
54 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:43:14
Given our alarming paucity of wide/attacking options and players with pace/dribbling ability I hope that he gets lots of games this season:
I'd like to see this team in the not too distant future:
Kenny Keane Jags Baines
Vlasic Rooney Siggurdsson/Sandro
55 Posted 01/09/2017 at 09:55:05
56 Posted 01/09/2017 at 10:19:09
57 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:21:45
58 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:42:54
59 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:46:06
60 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:48:12
61 Posted 01/09/2017 at 12:00:24
Despite some of the bigger names coming in, we may have to wait till next season to see the team emerge into real contenders.
I know that this is not satisfactory right now but to be honest, despite the result at the Bridge they haven't looked anything special.
This is a work in process and we hope it may come together quicker than we think but the tough games against Manure and Spurs may put us back a notch.
Vlasic, like a few others may be introduced gradually like a few others but the competition is there for all to see which isn't a bad thing.
62 Posted 01/09/2017 at 13:33:45
I'd be lying if I said I remembered him though I was focusing more on us. Seems to have a strong pedigree, definitely for the 1st team, not the youth setup, not with a cap for a major nation to his name. Croatia has produced some brilliant players over the years, typically technical players too, so hope we've found the next great one. Christ do we need guys who are comfortable with the ball. Looks like he will be deployed wide, a position we have little natural depth at. Good feeling about him, says the right things too, which doesn't hurt.
63 Posted 01/09/2017 at 14:42:15
64 Posted 01/09/2017 at 16:43:50
65 Posted 01/09/2017 at 17:59:09
Did someone say on another thread, that he won't be cup-tied, because the qualifiers don't count till the group stages?
66 Posted 01/09/2017 at 18:20:30
Hope you make a success of your career here at Everton.
67 Posted 01/09/2017 at 23:29:56
68 Posted 02/09/2017 at 09:00:00
69 Posted 02/09/2017 at 14:35:12
70 Posted 04/09/2017 at 06:18:14
As they walked off at half time Hunt turned to Alan Ball and told him he wasn't really a centre forward but a midfielder to which Ball replied, "You're a midfielder, that makes eight of us and I was here before you!"
71 Posted 04/09/2017 at 07:28:16
Roger 'Ernie' Hunt didn't last long, he was shipped out to Coventry after 12 games, in March 1968. Two years later, he scored that famous free-kick against us at Highfield Road.
72 Posted 04/09/2017 at 07:39:05
73 Posted 04/09/2017 at 15:57:21
I was at the Fulham game in 1967, Ernie Hunt's debut. I first saw him play for Swindon Town in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup against Everton at their ground. It was a night game in January 1963, the game would not have been played nowadays, snow was bad across the country.
We beat them 5-1: Vernon (2), Bingham, Morrissey and Gabriel.
Mike Summerbee was on the wing for them before he was transferred to Man City.
Ernie had thighs like a rugby player.
74 Posted 05/09/2017 at 23:25:13
75 Posted 07/09/2017 at 05:26:01
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