Arsenal are said to be closing in on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb star Marcelo Brozovic as they bid to bolster their midfield ranks during the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old has caught the attentions of a number of clubs across Europe after establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in Croatia over the past two seasons.
He started his career at Hrvatski Dragovoljac before moving to Lokomotiva where an impressive campaign persuaded Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb to sign him on a seven-year deal in the summer of 2012.
Serie A outfit Inter Milan are also reportedly interested, but according to Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Gunners are in pole position after making an offer and reportedly meeting with his agent
“The player’s agent was in London yesterday to meet with the Gunners, who have offered 8 million euro to Dinamo. The clubs are close to reaching a deal," the report states.
The Gunners are in need of freshening up their midfield as the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are both entering their twilight years of their careers.
Many observers feel that a new central midfielder could be the difference between a sustained Premier League title challenge and a fight for a top-four spot, and Brozovic seemingly fits the bill.
The Dinamo Zagreb youngster is also capable of chipping in with a number of goals from midfield, finding the net nine times in 55 appearances in all competitions for Zagreb.
Brozovic has represented Croatia at all levels and made his international debut during the World Cup, playing the final 26 minutes during the Croats 3-1 loss to Brazil.