Arsenal have edged closer to the capture of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, and are close to clinching a deal worth £6 million.
According to the Daily Mail, the rangy playmaker has been the subject of a renewed offensive from the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners having been unsuccessful with their first bid. Arsene Wenger is said to be looking to improve his midfield options and Brozovic, who is already capped for the Croatian national side, is a cheap option who can promise experience.
Arsenal for Brozovic
Initially it was unknown whether or not Zagreb would be willing to entertain offers for the 22-year-old, who signed a seven-year contract in 2012, but it’s now claimed they are in the process of negotiation with Arsenal, insinuating that they are indeed ready to sell.
Chief amongst their motives is believed to be the all but confirmed deal for Manchester United player Angel Henriquez. The 20-year-old Chilean has spent the season on loan with the club and has impressed greatly, scoring 15 goals across all competitions in just 18 appearances.
His tidy form has led to Zagreb attempting to make the switch a permanent one, with a poultry £1 million said to be needed to get United’s seal of approval. Were Brozovic to complete his move to north London then the Croatian giants would have more than the money they need to fund the Henriquez move, and even after his arrival their coffers would be substantially bolstered.
Of course Brozovic’s Arsenal transfer isn’t nearly as assured as Henriquez’s to Zagreb, with Wenger having a host of other targets such as Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw. The teenage midfielder is another cheap option the Gunners are said to be considering for the January window, with talks well underway concerning a deal.
If either man arrives it could mean that Wenger has a big decision to make come the summer, when the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta will once more look to solidify their futures.
Both men are currently sitting in the twilights of their careers, and though their manager has never been one to make rash decisions he could offload them if he believes they are surplus to requirements.