Arsenal are reportedly holding talks with Dinamo Zagreb over the prospective transfer of Sime Vrsaljko.
According to Croatian website 24sata.hr, the north London club are set to beat Manchester United to the signature of the highly-rated defender, and club officials are 'in negotiations' with his current employers.
Arsenal will have to reportedly have to shell out £15 million to land the 19-year-old, who is already one of the most important players in the Dinamo squad, even at his tender years.
As well as representing a shrewd investment for the future, a deal for Vrsaljko would go some way to solving the defensive crisis Arsenal currently find themselves in.
The versatile full back has the ability to slot into the centre of defence when required and Arsenal could certainly do with bolstering their back line.
Arsenal are expected to add at least one centre-back to their ranks during the transfer window after injury to Sebastien Squillaci left them with just two fit recognised central defenders in Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.
The long-term injury to Thomas Vermaelen is also a frustration for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger admits that he is worryingly short on centre-backs.
"It is a worry as long as [Sebastien] Squillaci is out, I must say, as we are short, but we have other resources," said the Arsenal boss.
"If the worst came to the worst, [Abou] Diaby is coming back so if we have to put [Alex] Song back we have Diaby coming back to play in midfield."
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