Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have previously expressed an interest in Rangers-linked HNK Rijeka star Ivan Lepinjica.

The Croatian U21 international is reportedly a loan-to-buy target for the Gers after an injury-plagued season in the country’s top-flight hampered the midfielder’s development.

First reported by Football Insider, Rangers’ alleged interest in the player has since also appeared in the Croatian press with Sportske Novosti also crediting Steven Gerrard’s side.

However, only one year ago Croatian football expert Ivan Zezelj was telling HITC Sport that the 6ft3 playmaker was wanted by Chelsea and Spurs.

Not only that, but the Croat journalist was also claiming that the talented midfielder has shades of £89m Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

 

The HITC report reads:

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“Zezelj compares Lepinjica to a young Paul Pogba due to his impressive passing range and technical skills with the Croatian U21 international showing the sort of potential that paved the way for Modric, Kovacic and co to make a move to one of Europe’s biggest leagues in their formative years.”

Spurs and Chelsea aren’t the only English Premier League clubs who’ve been credited with an interest in the last year or so either.

Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion – who’ve since been relegated to the Championship – were both also linked to Lepinjica last season as they looked to bolster their squads [T Portal].

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Ivan Lepinjica has been compared to French World Cup winner and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers have a proud history of Croatian footballers and will be hoping the fact the presence of Borna Barisic and Niko Karic at the club currently can sway Lepinjica to join the ranks at Ibrox.

Whilst Rangers remain in the hunt for midfield reinforcements, one current Ibrox midfield star is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League giants down south

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