Arsenal Hold Talks With Midfielder Over Potential €8m January Move

By on October 20, 2014

The summer transfer window may be closed but managers are already thinking ahead to future transfer windows so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal are linked with Marcelo Brozovic.

Arsenal have held initial talks with the agent of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic about a potential €8m switch in January, according to reports.

Brozovic has emerged as one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in his homeland after establishing himself as a first team regular in Dinamo Zagreb’s starting eleven over the past two years.

His impressive displays earned him a place in the Croatia squad for this summers World Cup in Brazil and reports last week suggested that he had caught the eye of Arsene Wenger with the boss understood to have sent his scouts to keep watch him in action this season.

The 21-year-old’s agent, Miroslav Bicanic, recently confirmed that he’s due to hold talks with Arsenal officials when he comes to London in November for Croatia’s friendly with the USA at Wembley. He said:

“Croatia plays USA in November in London and during our stay there we will hold meetings and negotiate with several English teams,” Bicanic is quoted as telling Goal

“Yes, I can confirm Arsenal are one of them.”

However, the Daily Mail claim that Arsenal have been forced to step up their interest early after Inter Milan tabled an unsuccessful £3.5m offer for the youngster last  week, with Dinamo holding out for a fee in the region of €8m (£6.4m).

The newspaper suggests that we have now held initial talks with the players agent last Thursday and are prepared to pay closer to the asking price, as Wenger is keen to bring the versatile midfielder to the Emirates in January.

Brozovic made his name as an attacking midfielder but he’s been deployed in a more defensive midfield role in recent months, so Wenger could see him as a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park.

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It remains to be seen whether we’ll be able to get a deal agreed with Zagreb but with his contract not due to expire until 2019, the Croatian giants are under no immediate pressure to cash-in so we’re unlikely to be able to pick him up on the cheap.

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