Arsene Wenger is always looking to bring in exciting new talent, and according to the Mirror, his eye is now on Croatian playmaker Marcelo Brozovic. With the small size of Arsenal’s squad, we are always on the lookout for new blood, and this 21 year old fits the bill perfectly.
He plays for the club Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian league, and in recent weeks Arsenal have sent two scouts to monitor the player. Originally, the player was on the radar of our North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but Arsenal have also stepped up their interest now.
Brozovic was a part of Croatia’s World Cup campaign this summer, and with just four international caps, he was signed by Dinamo Zagreb as a replacement for the outgoing Milan Badelj, who moved to Hamburg SV in August 2012. He caught the eye of major clubs after he had a 92% pass rate at the World Cup.
On the face of it, it would not seem a very logical move, as Wenger has plenty of similar players at his disposal in this area. Preferring to play as an attacking-midfielder – in the position Mesut Ozil currently occupies – he can also play further back in the centre of the pitch. Given the Frenchman’s penchant to mould a player into a new position, it may be the case that Wenger has pencilled-in Brozovic to undertake a deeper role, possibly as Mikel Arteta’s replacement.
Should We Buy?
While this may not seem like the most sensible buy, our other potential transfer targets do not look like they can be brought in on short notice. Adrien Rabiot is reportedly heading to Roma, and Carvalho has said he has no intentions of moving. Ideally, Fabian Delph would be a better buy, but if we cannot land the Villa man, then Brozovic will be our only option.