Arsenal are interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic but no deal has been agreed between the two clubs, the player's agent has confirmed.
Reports on Friday morning claimed that the Gunners were in advanced talks to sign the defensive midfielder from Zagreb. His agent, Miroslav Bicanic, quickly denied those rumours but confirmed that he was aware of interest from the Emirates Stadium.
He went on to say that Brozovic would be happy to sign for a club like Arsenal but fired a warning shot to Arsene Wenger - several clubs are already talking to Zagreb over a potential deal. With a £6 million price tag on his head, Wenger will have to move quick to get this one done.
"Of course Marcelo would be interested in playing in the Premier League with a club such as Arsenal."
Confirmation of interest
"We are talking to several clubs, although there is nothing concrete at this moment," Bicanic told Goal.
"We know of Arsenal's interest, but there is nothing agreed. At this moment Marcelo is with Dinamo and everything depends on Dinamo. They have to agree a price with a club and then we can hold talks.
"Of course Marcelo would be interested in playing in the Premier League with a club such as Arsenal. We hope he can change clubs and come to England as it is one of the best leagues in the world, but the decision depends on Dinamo."
Brozovic is a physical midfielder who has already broken into the Croatian national team at the age of 22. His performances for both club and country have led to suggestions that he could become the next Xavi - Barcelona's pass-master.
Arsenal have been on the lookout for a new defensive midfielder and their search got a lot more urgent after it was confirmed Mikel Arteta would be out for three months. Currently,Francis Coquelin is filling a role as deep-lying midfielder.
The Frenchman spent a month on loan at Charlton Athletic and his Arsenal career looked over, but Wenger recalled him and drafted him straight into the team ahead of Mathieu Flamini.
Brozovic could add some much needed quality to Arsenal's midfield as they look to finish in the top three ahead of Southampton and Manchester United. However, their efforts look to be concentrated in defence where injury problems have also taken their toll.