Arsenal are facing an uphill battle to secure the signature of highly-rated Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic, after the Bundesliga club's sporting director advised him to stay put for at least one more season.
The Daily Mail reports how the 21-year-old has attracted admiring glances from north London following an impressive debut campaign in Germany's top-flight with a return of 16 goals.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bring the Switzerland international to the Emirates Stadium, as he looks to provide competition for Olivier Giroud at the focal point of his attack.
Arsenal were believed to be confident of completing a £6million deal for Drmic, that was until Martin Bader spoke out about the talented youngster's future.
"His priority at the moment is helping us avoid relegation, and all his focus is on that," he explained. "Beyond that, we are trying to show him it would be better for his development if he remained with us for at least another season, if not two.
"We have made it clear to him that, after that, everything is open to him. He has scored 16 goals, and that is a perfect start for him in the Bundesliga.
"But he is still young, and there is a lot more growing to do. He would benefit from at least one more season with us, and we have told him that."
Nurnberg paid just £2million to bring Drmic to Stadion Nürnberg from FC Zurich last summer, and with over three years still to run on his contract the German outfit will be under no pressure to cave in to Arsenal's demands.
However, with Gertjan Verbeek's side sat precariously just two points clear of the relegation zone, Wenger will continue to monitor their progress closely, knowing that relegation from the Bundesliga could have a significant impact on the player's future.
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