News out of Italy continues to link Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic with a January transfer to Arsenal, with Italian football website Calciomercato claiming a bid of £14 million has already been made for the Croatian midfielder.
There have been contrasting reports that suggest otherwise (via Sports Witness), however one thing is for certain – Brozovic certainly has everyone in Serie A talking.
After having moved to Milan on loan from Dinamo Zagreb last January the 23-year old central midfielder made a slow start to life on the Italian stage, but has now found his stride scoring three goals in his last five games for the league leading Nerazzurri.
Inter Milan is also believed to have a clause in the loan agreement that allows the club to sign Brozovic for€8million (via Calciomercato), a relatively small price to pay considering he is still not yet the finished product.
The value of young gifted players continues to rise unabated with every club looking to find themselves a player that they can sell on at a later date for a huge profit, but now given that Arsenal’s selling days are over, Wenger may just see the youngster as yet another piece in the Arsenal team puzzle he wants to build before retiring.
As for Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan, they must surely have learnt their lesson from selling Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool for what now seems a very undervalued £8.5 million in 2013, before letting another rising star Mateo Kovacic leave to join Real Madrid in the summer.
The ability of Brozovic to play in any midfield role would certainly appeal to Arsene Wenger given the clubs current injury problems, but if Arsenal is really serious about signing Brozovic in January, they will almost certainly have to pay top dollar for the young Croatian.
Inter Milan is well aware that Premiership clubs have cash to burn now that they have just signed a huge new multi-billion pound television deal, that ESPN’s Tony Evans calls a “Golden Ticket” for the 20 clubs that will play their football in the Premier League next season. It means bargain hunter Wenger may try to strike early, if he waits until the summer the price could be driven even higher.
Here’s a stunning video of the youngster in action.