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Manchester United is considering paying R772 million for a player it could have bought for about R28 million just 8 weeks ago

Alan Dawson , Business Insider US
 Jul 26, 2018, 12:38 PM
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  • Premier League club Manchester United had been linked with a €50 million (R772 million) bid for Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ante Rebic.
  • Had United acted eight weeks ago, it could have bought the player for cheaper — for €1.8 million (just shy of R28 million), to be exact.
  • But Rebic enjoyed a good World Cup alongside his Croatia teammates, and his transfer value has skyrocketed as a result.

Manchester United is considering paying €50 million (R772 million) for Ante Rebic — a player the club could have signed for €1.8 million (R28 million) just eight weeks ago.

Rebic is a versatile midfielder who can play on the left, on the right, and through the middle. He is good with the ball at his feet, can brag a trick or two, and was responsible for scoring or creating one goal for every 220 minutes he played in the Bundesliga — Germany's top soccer league — last season.

Goal.com's Bundesliga expert Ronan Murphy reported on United's interest on Wednesday. He tweeted: "United has contacted Ante Rebic's agent about a possible transfer… Frankfurt is looking for €50 million."

Football365 journalist Daniel Storey noted how the player was available for €1.8 million earlier in the year.

Why has Rebic suddenly shot up in value?

Rebic joined Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt on a permanent basis earlier this summer, after a successful two-year loan spell from Serie A team Fiorentina.

The 24-year-old winger had performed relatively well during his loan, scoring eight goals in 49 games in all competitions for Frankfurt over the past two years. His form attracted the attention of the Croatia national team as Rebic featured heavily in his country's run to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final on July 15.

Rebic may not be a World Cup winner as Croatia ultimately lost 4-2 to France but, regardless, his transfer value has swollen by an incredible 2,677% — and it can only be because of his new-found prominence in international soccer.

Rebic scored one goal, recorded 19 dribbles, and attracted 21 fouls from six World Cup appearances for Croatia over the past couple months and was one of his country's standout performers alongside Mario Mandžukic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic.

He is contracted at Frankfurt until 2021, according to transfermarkt.co.uk.


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