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Gunners interest in Croatia duo confirmed

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Arsenal and Manchester United are just two of the five Premier League teams chasing Croatian defender Sime Vrsaljko.

His Dinamo Zagreb team mate Mateo Kovacic is also wanted by the former as the interest in the new generation of Croats intensifies.

The Gunners are known to give young players a good platform on which to build but, as well as Manchester United, they will have to beat off competition from the likes of North London rivals Tottenham.

Spurs’ cause could be aided by their Croatia contingent, which currently consists of Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedrun Corluka, as Harry Redknapp tries to build a club that can consistently challenge for a Champions League spot at White Hart Lane.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks likely to go head to head with his old adversary, Arsene Wenger, and try to lure Vrsaljko to Old Trafford.

Fergie has recently admitted he will not sign any big name players but has brought in youngsters recently including Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling.

There are also a host of clubs on the continent that are ready to rival the Gunners for Vrsaljko, including teams from Italy and Germany.

Dimano’s vice-president Zdravko Mamic confirmed: “Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Bayer Leverkusen, Sampdoria and many others are after Vrsaljko.

“Some clubs have already spoken to us, many others are calling us for meetings and to watch Vrsaljko in action live, and yes, some clubs are already here.”

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