Arsenal target Brozovic 'agrees Besiktas transfer', could free up Kavlak to Southampton

Besiktas have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb star Marcelo Brozovic.

The January transfer window is fast approaching, and that means that the rumour mill is working in overdrive - and not just in England.

Reports in Croatia today suggest that Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is finally set for his big move, but rather than signing for Arsenal, he appears to be heading to Besiktas.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move to sign the 21-year-old midfielder in recent weeks, with his agent even admitting that talks had been planned for this week.

"Croatia plays USA in November in London and during our stay there we will hold meetings and negotiate with several English teams. Yes, I can confirm Arsenal are one of them," said Miroslav Bicanic in October.

However, speculation suggests that a €7m swoop could be on the cards for Besiktas, with their manager Slaven Bilic hoping to land his compatriot in January.

That's a blow for Arsenal, who are in desperate need of a holding midfielder, but it could be great news for their Premier League rivals Southampton.

With Besiktas already having the likes of Atiba Hutchinson, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Jose Sosa, adding another midfielder would mean that one may have to leave - and Veli Kavlak is a prime candidate.

The Austrian international, 26, has played 124 games for the Turkish giants, and is a key part of Bilic's midfield, which has attracted interest from Southampton.

Ronald Koeman's men may have made a great start to the season, but adding more depth in midfield should be a priority, particularly with lingering question marks over Morgan Schneiderlin.

Fortunately for them, Kavlak is currently embroiled in a contract wrangle with Besiktas. The former Rapid Vienna star will see his contract expire next summer, and with him demanding almost three times his current salary, Besiktas may look to part ways with him.

Brozovic's alleged imminent arrival could open the door for a January move to the South Coast for Kavlak, whose energy and passing are key to his all action displays in Turkey.

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