Arsenal and Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Croatian duo Andrej Kramaric and Marcelo Brozovic by sending scouts to watch the players in action, reports claim.
Kramaric, 23, has attracted the attentions of a number of top European clubs over the past 12 months as a result of his stunning goal scoring form for Rijeka.
Likened to Croatian hero Davor Suker, the striker has netted a whopping 21 league goals in just 16 matches this season as well as a stunning hat trick against Feyenoord in the Europa League.
The versatile striker can play both through the middle and on the wing, though if the Blues wish to sign him up then they will need to act quickly due to strong competition from Serie A champions Juventus.
On the other hand, Rijeka’s opponents on Saturday Dinamo Zagreb are in possession of talented defensive midfielder Brozovic who is being closely monitored by the Gunners.
Reports in Italy previously claimed that the North Londoners had already offered €8 million for the star, though the speculation on that instance was neither proved correct or misleading.
According to Sky Sports Italia, the interest in the duo is genuine and the Premier League’s elite sent scouts to watch them in action over the weekend.
“While there were only three thousand spectators in the stands there were scouts from many top European clubs- Chelsea (for Kramaric), Arsenal (for Brozovic) as well as Juventus sporting director Paratici (who wanted to see Kramaric in person before submitting a significant bid to purchase him) and an emissary from Milan,” the report states.
Many observers feel that a new defensive midfielder is a necessity for the Arsene Wenger’s should they harbour hopes of closing the gap on the Premier League’s title challengers.
The Blues, in contrast, have a complete squad full of quality but with Didier Drogba’s age there is no harm in looking to the future and seeking out a potential young deputy for number one striker Diego Costa.