Arsenal have begun talks over a potential £6.4 million deal for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, as reported by the Daily Mail.
This has been confirmed by the player’s representative Miroslav Bicanic, who had previously said that he was set to hold talks with Arsenal in November.
Instead, in an attempt to hinder any deal being agreed between the player and Inter Milan, initial talks were instead held on Thursday.
Inter have already made an offer of £3.5 million, putting Arsenal on red alert about signing their long term target.
However, that offer is well below Dinamo’s valuation of one of their star players, and the Gunners are thought to be leading the chase for the player.
Brozovic is versatile and talented, and Wenger has earmarked him for a key role.
The French manager believes he will be ideal to play as a deep lying playmaker, offering protection for the back four.
The north London side could confirm a move before January.
Arsenal have increased their scouting efforts on Croatian midfield sensation Marcelo Brozovic, with the intention of signing him in January, as reported by the Daily Express.
Brozovic has developed into an important player for Dinamo Zagreb in recent seasons, and made his way to the World Cup in Brazil this summer with the Croatia national side as a result.
The 21 year old wonderkid is under contract with Dinamo until 2019, but it is believed that Arsenal could sign him for as little as £3 million.
The Gunners have therefore sent two scouts to watch the starlet.
They saw him play in the derby against Hadjuk Split three weeks ago, and were clearly somewhat impressed.
With Arsenal already possessing a significant number of attacking midfielders, there is a belief that Brozovic could be signed permanently by the north London club before being loaned out elsewhere in an attempt to aid his development.
Arsenal have reportedly sent two of their most senior scouts to keep an eye on Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Marcelo Brozovic, as reported by the Sunday People.
The north London club are apparently keen on the player, who travelled to the World Cup in Brazil this summer with Croatia, playing in their 3-1 loss against the hosts.
The young star was born in Zagreb, and started his career with Hrvatski Dragovoljac, before moving to Lokomotiva in 2011.
He then moved to Dinamo, who are comfortably the largest team in Croatia, joining them having made his professional debut for his first team against them.
While he signed a seven year deal with the Croatian giants, it now seems as though he could be on the cusp of a move to Premier League, assuming Arsenal like what they see.
The north London club faced off with their rivals Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, drawing 1-1, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring a relatively late equaliser.