No United offer for Arsenal starlet target

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Dinamo Zagreb have denied claims that Manchester United have made contact over a move for Mateo Kovacic.

The 17-year-old is being courted by a handful of top clubs across Europe, with the Red Devils and Arsenal thought to be leading the chase from England.

Reports suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson has made contact over a possible move to Old Trafford appear unfounded though, with Dinamo's sporting director Zoran Mamic dismissing the specifics after admitting teams were monitoring his progress.

"Scouts from the biggest European clubs are coming to our games and analysing his capabilities. There is no point in naming them, as they are really the top European clubs," said Mamic.

On Manchester United, he added: "You should ask them, if they are interested in Kovacic.

"We didn't have any contact with Manchester United or Sir Alex Ferguson or talks on that subject, nor have we received any kind of offer from them."

Arsenal were linked with a move for the talented teenager during the summer transfer window, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen on adding the Croatian U21 international to the ranks at the Emirates.

The Gunners chief is renowned for getting the best out of young talent, with Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas two examples of players who have been brought to Arsenal at a young age and flourished.


However, competition is clearly fierce for both parties, with some of Europe's finest also looking to add the player to their ranks.

SkySports claims Arsenal were out-priced when they first showed an interest in the player, and would have to spend big to secure Kovacic's services in January.

Manchester United were in the market for an attacking midfielder this summer, with Wesley Sneijder thought to be on the radar as a possible £35 million target.

However, the Red Devils failed to land the Dutchman, and with Ferguson willing to spend on talented young players at Old Trafford, Kovacic could be next in-line for a Manchester United move.

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