Last month, the agent of Dinamo Zagreb starlet Mercelo Brozovic confirmed interest from Arsenal in the 21-year-old.
The midfielder seems to fit the mould of the type of deep-lying presence the Gunners have long needed in the centre of the park, with youth to boot.
On Thursday the Mirror reported that Arsene Wenger is weighing up a £5 million January move for the Croatian, having sent scouts to watch him against Italy at the weekend.
Brozovic turned in an impressive display in his country’s well-earned 1-1 draw with the Azzurri at San Siro, with the Vatreni looking the better side over the 90 minutes.
In that very stadium play Serie A giants Inter, however, a side that have also been closely linked with making a move for the youngster this winter.
The Nerazzurri enquired after Brozovic in the summer and have been tipped to come back in for him presently, with agent Miroslav Bicanic in the stands for the Italy contest.
But Bicanic has denied that he took the opportunity to engage in talks with Inter, saying he is unsure of what will become of the Arsenal target come January.
He told fcinternews.it: “There has been no further contact with Inter for Marcelo. I was in Milan for the game but I did not meet with anyone from the Nerazzurri.
“I am in Milan for two days but I can assure you that there is nothing new in the market. I don’t know what will happen in January, we are waiting for someone to call before discussing it.
“Are Inter a preferred destination? For Marcelo it is important to play well, as he did on Sunday, and there is no thought of anything else."
Should Arsenal be genuine interested in stepping up their interest, the ball now seems to be firmly in their court.
Wenger is said to have a £20 million pot to spend to reinforce his side after the new year, and with a lack of competition Brozovic could seemingly be had for a good price.
Whether the Frenchman ultimately decides Brozovic is the man to reinforce his midfield remains to be seen – but for now, the prospects of signing him look solid should Wenger decide to make a move.