Initial murmurings over the weekend were followed with the latest suggestion today from Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà that he was set to make the switch for €10m.
His claims that the attacking midfielder, one of the more dangerous players in the Croatians' side over the two legs, is set to join the Blues before the transfer deadline have been backed up by Dominic King of the Daily Mail and Paul Joyce of The Times who say the deal is close to being concluded.
The 19-year-old, who was linked with Arsenal and Chelsea last year, is also being watched closely by AC Milan according to recent speculation, the Italian club reportedly using Hajduk's games against Everton scout him.
Speaking to Split newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, Hajduk president, Ivan Kos, didn't deny the speculation over Vlašić and hinted that his club might not be in a position to turn down a sizeable bid for the player.
"The transfer window runs until August 31, sometimes transfers happen a minute before midnight," he said. "We don't want to lose one per cent of our quality.
"We also have to think about financial stability."
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1 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:49:23
2 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:51:49
3 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:58:33
Mate of mine reckons this is the smart move.
(my mate Link )
4 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:00:08
5 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:01:57
6 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:11:10
7 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:05:00
8 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:24:54
9 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:27:04
10 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:33:02
Rooney. I think whoever is in charge of our transfer policy has completely lost the plot.
We need 1 if not 2 quality centre forwards, not another midfield player.
11 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:34:23
12 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:47:49
13 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:00:17
14 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:06:59
15 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:08:47
16 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:12:45
Despite the unknown factor I've been saying for ages that the balkans are a gold mine of talent. It's about time we started tapping into that market.
Is this kid a winger?
17 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:32:01
Lovely touch and skill, what you'd expect from your typical Balkan player always technically excellent.
Far more of an attacking player and creative.
Yes, we have a lot of CM (but mostly defensive), we have no-one else like him (Barkley aside), as far as a running threat.
Which could mean Barkley is on his way.
People may mention Lookman ,but for me he is far more of a winger - this guy to me is an creative attacking mid.
Barry stood out but Valasic definitely stood out for me on the Goodison leg as their danger man, and I was nervous every time he got the ball (always a good sign).
18 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:56:37
19 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:59:54
20 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:09:56
If he impresses RK, I'm on board.
21 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:15:46
22 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:17:17
23 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:39:50
I just hope we get at least four or five in, assuming we have still a few departures, after yesterday it showed we have little threat against the bigger sides.
24 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:43:13
Has played for Croatia. Would be a good signing. We have to target guys at this level. It's a bit hit and miss, but once they make an impact like Mbappé, Lemar or Ousmane Dembele, they are immediately out of reach. Maybe, he won't make the step up to Premier League level, but worth taking the chance as he is unlikely to lose value.
Comes from a Sporting family, his elder sister won a silver in the high jump in the Beijing Olympics and was a World Champion also.
25 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:56:22
26 Posted 29/08/2017 at 00:45:50
anyone know if qualifiers cup tie a player or does that only count for players who participate in the tournament proper?
27 Posted 29/08/2017 at 00:59:43
This guy is 19 and can play in AM and on the wings. He looked good against us and also has an international cap already. We don't have a great deal of wingers, and Barkley will be off, Rooney is 31, and Mirallas may also be leaving. I don't Lennon staying around for much longer either.
We can invest in the future, whilst also investing in the present. I expect that the real value of some our business will be seen in a few years, and I'm excited by some of it (Onyekuru for example).
28 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:11:27
Surely Calvert-Lewin and Sandro up front with Sigurdsson in the central 10 role was worth a shot. Besic was at least competing in midfield as Davies was out numbered and bypassed. Gana is useless in the last third offering no attacking threat. Besic is a more complete player. 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 is a better team formation. I hope Koeman is not becoming inflexible and we have another Martinez.
29 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:15:12
My sentiments exactly.
We should be going for these type of players with big potential, when they're at a smaller club, and before they move to another PL club.
Colin mentioned he's being compared in Croatia as the next Modric, and I'd say that's a pretty accurate comparison.
Like yourself I remember thinking, why don't we go for this lad, as he can clearly good enough to do it against our players.
This is what Walsh did at Leicester - brought in players of big potential but unproven at PL level. Turned out pretty well for him.
I have a feeling he's identified the youth players brought in - Bowler, Gibson etc, but overall Koeman is reluctant to let him go for a first team player - e.g. like Kante at Leicester, etc until proven.
By the time they are at Leicester - Chelsea or one of the others are in for them.
Once they are, they'll always go to CL club.
I feel Koeman predominately wants proven & preferably PL experience, although there are exceptions that he has allowed to bring in - Lookman being one.
This is understandable to a degree - but I'd like to see a more bringing quality players with potential in ready for first team action (not just youth in Un23 so Koeman can review).
Walsh seems to have nailed it previously, so place some confidence in his judgement, we now have enough proven and experienced players.
30 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:34:10
31 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:45:38
Excellent post there.
Fully agree that we'll likely have to be patient & will see some of the fruits of the more attacking, pacy, creative players 1 or 2 years down the line.
Onyekuru looks s real exciting talent.
This season however we are badly lacking pace without Bolaise not back until Dec (will he come back the same, how long will it take him to get up to speed), Lookman (young therefore used sparingly) & DCL likewise.
32 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:21:59
33 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:34:39
34 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:35:58
35 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:55:01
Brian #9... "how many midfield players do you need"...
Anytime we have to put out Besic against the league champions, that question answers itself.
36 Posted 29/08/2017 at 05:03:37
37 Posted 29/08/2017 at 07:13:03
Lookman and Mirallas can do this to an extent but Koeman does not seem to trust either of them.
38 Posted 29/08/2017 at 07:43:27
39 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:14:26
Perhaps a striker is the only significant addition to expect by Thursday.
40 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:21:38
I've watched many poor Everton teams at Goodison Park over the years but this is the slowest, most uncreative I've seen (so far). I'm not being negative just realistic.
There's nothing more I want than to see Everton playing well and winning but I'm afraid Koeman's tactics are non-existent
Square, square, passback and the hoof... then repeat
41 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:48:37
He looks direct, powerful and two footed and a bit of a specimen already
Croatian sources say that he is by far the best young talent in the current crop so we will have to wait and see.
42 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:52:49
43 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:27:57
Now stop pissing about get the ones we need in. Benteke and Costa on loan til January would make me a happy boy! When Costa goes hopefully Sandro can step up.
He would be a lot of money but Ben Gibson from Boro? Left-footed centre-back and young.
44 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:37:31
45 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:39:05
46 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:39:54
47 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:43:02
48 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:43:06
I am not sure what type of striker Koeman wants as we don't seem to have any set formation or style buying Benteke and asking him to run around would be stupid but asking him to hold the ball up and attack crosses is a different matter.
The Celtic Dembele link has gone very quiet. I'd welcome Costa ask he is better than what we have. It's hard to believe that we won't buy a striker before the window closes as even Moyes would have someone in by now.
49 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:59:50
50 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:07:08
As it stands, we've yet again spent very little compared to others. If the Shite's last minute deals all come off, they'll be spending a couple of hundred million more than us.
I'm assuming they're lashing out against the Coutinho money that will come in next year, but the press are talking about Lemar for £70m, Van Dijk for the same again I would think, Keita for £48m "plus a premium" which I assume takes it over the £70m they've already had turned down.
With the way transfer fees are being inflated this time around, we're Cheapskate Charlies yet again.
51 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:17:02
52 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:23:12
At 24 , still young for a central defender , would be a good buy to partner Keane for the long term.
May cost 20m + , but could be money well spent.
I would like to see Gibson , Vlasic in for Mirallas seems a good shout, and as for a striker , Costa on loan for a season or maybe the Cardiff City player Kenneth Zahore looks like he may take the step up?
53 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:32:08
Winger for a whinger.
Potential over failure.
Okay with me.
54 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:38:53
Mirallas produces nothing so if we can get a nice even £10m for him it will more than cover this lad's fee. At 19, he has played over 100 games for Split so this is a good step for him now and hopefully we've landed a gem.
55 Posted 29/08/2017 at 12:05:12
56 Posted 29/08/2017 at 13:16:14
He knew Lukaku was off so that position should have been addressed right away. Right-back the same as he knew Coleman was out for months. I could go on but I'm sure you see where I'm coming from.
57 Posted 29/08/2017 at 14:09:31
I just don't understand the recent lack of transfer activity and why we haven't bought a proven striker or a left sided defender which everyone agreed were our priorities.
58 Posted 29/08/2017 at 14:47:34
In the last two seasons we have sold players to the value of £97m and bought players for £154m. These are approx. figures but are close enough as makes no difference. That's an outlay of £57m in two seasons.
When you take into account the TV money the clubs receiving, that's not going to get us closer to our rivals at the top, who start off with better quality players in general at the start of this season.
We need two class additions come Thursday or its going to be 7th at best this season.
Lets face it though 7th is nothing to be ashamed of – there's 13 other teams that would sign for 7th here and now!
59 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:07:00
We have some great young talent here yet, as soon as season starts, pandemonium and panic sets in, the manager is a dickhead, and all the players are crap!!
No long-term vision by our fans... the days of Chelsea and Man City buying league titles are long gone for two reasons:
1. Financial Fair Play regulations;<2>2. We just aren't rich enough and we are committed to a new stadium.
As long as we don't go backwards, which is unlikely, surely we can allow a couple of seasons of gradual improvement?
60 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:08:26
61 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:00:31
62 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:07:10
I have watched him a few times he is a good and fairly quick forward with an eye for goal. However, last game, niether he or Klaassen were in the game and both subbed.
A good age too, hope it happens, but can't see it, realistically.
63 Posted 29/08/2017 at 17:18:50
64 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:26:44
65 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:42:39
66 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:08:32
67 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:18:12
OMG. Best come back 2 days after.
68 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:28:16
69 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:04:28
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