Arsenal eye Marcelo Brozovic
Dinamo Zagreb’s 21-year-old midfielder, Marcelo Brozovic, has emerged as Arsenal’s latest transfer target according to Mirror.
Brozovic, who was in Croatia’s World Cup squad in Brasil, was watched by two of Arsenal’s top officials in action during the Dinamo derby between D. Zagreb and Hajduk Split three weeks ago.
The highly-rated youngster has been one of the bright emerging talents from Croatia, having made his professional League debut at just 17 with Hrvatski Dragovoljac in 2010. After a year, Lokomotiva captured him in 2012, where he scored four goals in 27 League appearances.
This succession of good performances didn’t take long to attract the attention of the high and mighty. Within another year, Brozovic was pulling the famous jersey of ‘The Blues’ from where he has established himself as a regularly impressive performer in the team. His exploits were too promising to ignore for Croatia World Cup coach, Niko Kovac who called him up to the squad for Brasil where he featured in the final 20 minutes of the opener against the hosts. Croatia may have exited that tournament in unceremonious fashion despite being one of the bookies favourites to advance, but the experience of playing in the World Cup would surely have helped improve the youngster’s game.
Principally seen as an attacking midfielder, Brozovic displays a collection of skills which makes him adaptable to every position in the midfield, no less the defensive midfield role so craved for by Arsenal. He features for Zagreb in a more advanced midfield role, but is solid enough to play a role just ahead of the back four. He may not be seen as the Carvalho or Bender so sorely demanded by Gooners but at 21, he has the potential to be schooled to become the best he could be under Wenger’s tested and trusted tutelage.
The Croats have produced some fine midfielders recently, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s newboy Ivan Rakitic the best of the current generation. Brozovic, with other youngsters like Inter Milan’s Kovacic, are seen as the spearheads of Croatia’s new generation of superstars who have been tipped for great achievements in no distant time.
We have had some good time with the Croats, Eduardo still regarded as a favourite amongst the Emirates faithful. We hope the Two top officials who went to Zagreb would have seen enough of him to give good words to Arsene and Gazidis to make the enquiries, if he’s worth it of course.
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