The countdown to transfer deadline day has already begun and despite the announcement of the signing of one teenage midfielder, the feeling amongst fans is that Arsenal have not yet fully satisfied the cravings coming into this window. There are still some perceived gaps in terms of depth in midfield with some key players still out and according to his agent, Marcelo Brozovic could be on course to fill the gap with a deal close to being agreed in the next few days.
As quoted by the Express, his agent, Miroslav Bicanic said:
“I deny what has been said in the last few days, it’s not true that he will go to Napoli. I have not heard anything from the club.”
“There are offers from major English clubs, but right now I will not name names.”
While he shuns being precise, Bicanic had earlier mentioned Arsenal in particular as one of those English clubs
“We know of Arsenal’s interest, but there is nothing agreed. At this moment, Marcelo is with Dinamo and everything depends on Dinamo.”
Brozovic is mainly an attacking midfielder but he 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 22, he has the potential to be schooled to become the best he could be under Wenger’s tested and trusted guidance.
He has been watched by two of Arsenal’s top officials in action during the Dinamo derby between D. Zagreb and Hajduk Split back in September. 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.
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