Report: Arsenal lodge bid for Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic

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Arsenal could be close to completing a deal for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic if reports are to be believed.

Dinamo Zagreb have received a £6 million bid from Arsenal for midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to the Daily Mail.

Brozovic, 22, has emerged as a leading transfer target for Arsenal since the start of the season, with scouts reported to have watched him in action on several occasions in recent months.

His agent, Miroslav Bicanic, stated in October that he planned to hold talks with the north London outfit over a possible move, while the likes of Inter Milan have also been mentioned as potential suitors.

Dinamo executive director Zdravko Mamic warned at the time, however, that it would take an irresistible offer for them to part with their prized asset, telling national spots outlet Sportski.net: “We have no offers. If someone wants one of our key players it can only be with a memorable bid -- if they knock me off my feet.

"That is my principle. And the numbers appearing in the media do not interest us."

Nevertheless, it’s now claimed that talks between the two sides have been ongoing since October, and an agreement for the Croatia international could be close.

The club are said to be in the process of finalising a permanent transfer for Manchester United loanee Angelo Henriquez for around £800,000, and the cash from Arsenal would go towards the deal.

Brozovic has become a central figure at Dinamo since arriving from Lokomotiva in August 2012, breaking into Niko Kovac's World Cup squad last summer on the back of his impressive performances.

Capable of filling a defensive midfield role, despite featuring further up the pitch for the Croatian champions, it seems as though Arsene Wenger could well have earmarked him as the long-term successor to veteran duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.

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