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Fiorentina close to 2 from Hajduk Split

With just two weeks left in the window, the Viola transfer machine is kicking into overdrive, and the result could be more Croatians.

Hrvoje's pronounced exactly like it's spelled.
Hrvoje's pronounced exactly like it's spelled.
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With the recent news that Cristian Tello will be in Florence tomorrow, and also various reports that the Vedran Corluka deal again looks probable after Lokomotiv Moscow unexpectedly dug in their heels, San Pantaleo dello Corvino is certainly re-earning his purple halo. It sounds like he's working with old trading partner Hajduk Split to bring another couple of Croatians to Fiorentina.

Hrvoje Milic is a 27 year old defender. Although he's primarily a leftback, he's played all across the backline and can even push up to the wing in a pinch, which is in keeping with this window's theme of versatile defenders. He's got 6 caps for Croatia, where he's well behind Napoli defender Ivan Strinic in the pecking order. This is Milic's second stint with Hajduk Split, as he played abroad with Djurgardens (Sweden) and Rostov (Russia). While he doesn't stand out in any one category, he'd make for a cheap and experienced backup.

More exciting, perhaps, is the link to Josip Maganjic. Dubbed the "new Kalinic," he's just 17 years old and only has one appearance for the Dalmatinski ponos (in which he got hurt, naturally), but has starred for both club and country in their respective youth setups. A classic number 9, he's physically strong and lethal in the area, but it's his clever movement, soft touch, and excellent holdup play that really stand out. Ever since turning out for the Croatia U15s, he's been considered one of the best teenagers in the country by various Croatian experts. He's likely destined for the Primavera and several years away on loan if he does arrive, but he certainly fits the profile of a Corvino signing.