18-Year-Old Hajduk Midfielder Ante Palaversa to Sign for Manchester City?

Daniela Rogulj

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Ante Palaversa, a young Hajduk midfielder who played in Croatia’s second league just a year ago, is set to sign for Manchester City on Tuesday, reports Dalmacija Danas on January 29, 2019. 

Media reports said that Ante Palaversa (18) traveled to Manchester on Monday to visit the Premier League club Manchester City and complete medical examinations on Tuesday. It seems that City and Hajduk will agree that Ante would stay on loan at Hajduk until 2020 and that the Split club would receive 6.3 million euro from the transfer (4.5 million from the transfer and 1.5 million from the loan). Hajduk would also receive 10% from Palaversa’s future transfers, and could even take in various bonuses (if Palaversa plays for City, scores and the like).

With everything in the contract, it is alleged that the transfer amount could exceed 9 million euro when all is said and done, which would make Palaversa the best transfer in Hajduk’s history.

The record was held by Nikola Vlašić whose transfer to Everton was around eight million euro. But unlike Vlašić’s transfer, Palaversa has no contract clause that grants part of the transfer money to family. Instead, the full amount goes to Hajduk, reported 24 Sata

This could be an incredible journey for the young midfielder who played for Hajduk II in the second league just a year ago. He is now on the verge of signing with the giant English club led by celebrated coach Pep Guardiola. Palaversa could thus become one of the best Hajduk transfers in history.

It is speculated that Palaversa will have a salary at Manchester City somewhere in the rank of Phil Foden, a 19-year-old English midfielder who receives 140,000 euro a month. 

When compared to the 3,000 euro a month Palaversa was getting at Hajduk (let us remind you, his contract at City would be 45 times more), it is clear why this would be the contract of a lifetime. 

Salary aside, however, this would be an invaluable experience for the young Split footballer, even if he only trained with City’s cream of the crop.

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