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Everton are planning to make a move for Croatian youngster Lovro Majer, according to reports from Il Secolo XIX (h/t talkSPORT).
The 19-year old, who plays for Croatian outfit NK Lokomotiva, has been monitored by a number of European clubs including the Toffees. The report states that fellow Premier League club Watford FC have also monitored Majer this season, along with Italian side Sampdoria and La Liga giants Atletico Madrid. However, according to the claims, Ronald Koeman has been impressed with what he has seen and wants to swoop for the midfielder in the January transfer window.
Here we take a closer look at who Lovro Majer really is and what has made him a hot prospect in the transfer market.
Born on 17 January 1998, in Zagreb, Croatia, Majer started off his footballing journey with the academy of his hometown side and Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb. However, at the age of 12, he left Dinamo to join NK Dubrava, in 2010. Having spent two years at his new club, Majer was on the move again, this time to NK Trnje Zagreb, before finally ending up at NK Lokomotiva in 2013.
Having progressed through the U17s and the U19s in the space of three years, Majer made his debut for NK Lokomotiva in June 2016, in a UEFA Europa League qualifier game, and went on to make his league debut two weeks later in July 2016. The midfielder enjoyed a great debut season, scoring 4 goals and registering 11 assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.
The 19-year old has started off the new season on an impressive note as well, netting 4 times already in 7 games and chalking up 3 assists as well.
Majer broke into the Croatia U-19 national team in November 2016 and within seven months of that, he had made his debut for the Croatian senior team, in May 2017.
A central midfielder, who can play as a No.10 or in a withdrawn No.8 role, Majer has demonstrated all the necessary traits needed to develop into a world-class midfielder, and has been compared to Real Madrid stalwart Luka Modric back in his homeland.
Blessed with good pace and great close control of the ball, the 19-year old backs it up with excellent technical ability and vision. Someone who loves to get on the ball all the time and dictate the play from the middle, Majer has that creative edge to his game, with which he can find a killer pass. He also has the skillset needed to carry the ball forward at pace and have a go at goal.
Predominantly left-footed, the Croatian international possesses a great range of distribution, is a good finisher and also possesses high work-rate in the midfield.
As is the case with players of his age, his physical stature is something that needs to be built, while his use of his weaker right-foot is also something that needs to be worked upon.
Surely, Majer is a special talent and it isn’t a surprise that he has attracted so much interest in such little time. Everton recently snapped up another promising Croatian youngster in Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split and if they are to get Majer to move as well, they will need to act quick. The 19-year old has a contract with NK Lokomotiva that runs until 2020 and might cost a good chunk of money.