Arsenal have been linked with possibly one of the world's upcoming talented midfielders in Marcelo Brozovic, but Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic has admitted that it will take a "memorable bid" to persuade him into allowing the Croatian to leave, according to the Daily Star.
Despite Croatia's dismal World Cup campaign back in the summer, Brozovic was one of the unsung heroes and stood out like a sore thumb with his dominant midfield presence, and this is just one of the factors that has Arsene Wenger with his ear to to the ground.
But, it is not just Arsenal who are in pursuit of the 22-year-old. Premier League rivals, Liverpool are on the lookout for a replacement for the soon-to-be-retiring Steven Gerrard, whilst a whole host of European clubs are queueing up for the services of the defensive midfielder.
Croatian reports have suggested that Wenger is the first to get his foot in the door with an unestimated fee, but Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic has announced that it will take a "memorable bid" to get negotiations between the two clubs underway.
He said: "If someone wants one of our key players, it can only be with a memorable bid, if they knock me off my feet. That is my principle. And the numbers appearing in the media do not interest us."
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And it is no surprise why his manager is so keen to keep a strong grasp of the youngster. With nine goals in 64 appearances for the PRVA HNL league side, his midfield presence is more than enough to frighten away any opponents.
"He is very good at scaring away people. He is very clever," Mamic added.
But Arsenal may have to take drastic action and meet Mamic's requirements as their midfield options seem to be reducing by the week through injuries.
Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta have all fallen into the wrath of the Gunners injury of late and Wenger is desperate to bring in more depth across the middle of the park during January's highly anticipated transfer window.