According to the latest reports, Celtic have been linked with a move for 21-year-old Croatian Anas Sharbini, who has been dubbed the “next Zvonimir Boban or Robert Prosinecki.”
Playing at NK Rijeka, it took a little time before Sharbini had his feet under the table, with the midfielder registering just 17 appearances in his first two seasons at the club. But the 2007/08 season marked his coming of age, ratcheting up 28 matches and 11 goals that culminated with a first call-up for the national squad for Euro 2008.
Despite failing to get on the pitch during Austria-Switzerland, Sharbini returned back to NK Rijeka at the start of this season, and picked up were he left off at the end of the previous year. In the 3-1 win over Hadjuk Split at the start of the new campaign Sharbini scored a trademark goal, bursting through the midfield and finishing powerfully. (Watch here.)
A few weeks later Sharbini was again on the scoresheet, this time scoring what will probably end up as being one of the goals of the season in the Croatian league in the 3-1 win against Slaven Belupo. (Watch here.)
Sharbini is a highly technical, creative, two-footed playmaker, who prefers to play as an attacking midfielder where he is able to influence events in the final third of the pitch.
Rumoured to be avilable for a fairly reasonable â‚¬2.5m, and with his contract set to expire in 2009/10, regardless of whether Cetlic buy Sharbini or not, there will likely be a flock of clubs circling around this young talent looking to acquire his services.
Video evidence of Anas Sharbini can be seen here.