Arsenal 'near agreement' for £8 million Croatian sensation

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Arsenal are set to seal a deal for versatile Dinamo Zagreb youngster Sime Vrsaljko, according to reports.

Croatian newspaper Crveni Karton suggest the north London club are 'nearing an agreement' for the much sought after 18-year-old, who has been hailed in his homeland for being 'as talented as [Spurs midfielder] Luka Modric'.

Arsenal have reportedly had to fight off several Premier League rivals for the £8 million-rated starlet - something that was confirmed by the Zagreb vice-president.

"I will tell you something, which is really exclusive, everybody wants Sime Vrsaljko," said Zdravko Mamic in a press conference.

"I can tell you, that he is followed by Manchester United and also City, Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham, by everybody!"

A deal for Vrsaljko would certainly represent a coup for the Gunners and would only add to the famed stable of young talent at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has long been renowned for his ability to identify and develop teenage prodigies - with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere testament to the talents of the Arsenal boss and his academy staff.

Wenger is understood to be keen bring the cream of young European talent to the Emirates Stadium as he looks to leave a lasting legacy with Arsenal should he eventually leave the Gunners.

Arsenal have also been linked with Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham and Israeli sensation Omri Altman as Wenger continues to build a squad for the future.

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