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Manchester United’s move for Croatian wonderkid hits a brick wall

by Sam Peoples

Earlier this week, Robert Muric’s father said it was 99% likely his son would leave Dinamo Zagreb and reports suggested that Manchester United was his likely destination.

The Daily Mail suggested that talks between United and Zagreb had already began in earnest with David Moyes keen to sign the £6 million rated Muric on a cut price fee.

However, Dinamo’s head coach and director of sport Zoran Mamic has now insisted that Muric is expected to remain at Zurich until the end of the season.

“There are a lot of rumours going around regarding Muric, but we all firmly believe that he will stay at Dinamo at least until the end of the season,” Mamic told 24sata.

If Muric was to remain at Zagreb until the summer, he could then leave the club on a free transfer as he would turn 18. At that stage, Zagreb would only be able to get a compensation fee in the region of £300,000 for him. However, they seem happy to accept that.

United might have the likes of James Wilson, Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell and Jesse Lingard who have been brought through our academy but some of our biggest talents have been brought in.

The likes of Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira and Saidy Janko were all bought as youngsters and Muric could well join that list but only in the summer if Zagreb stay firm that he will not leave until then.