With two weeks left to go in January, the scramble to strengthen ahead of deadline day for the second half of the season is officially on.
Arsenal have seen a trio of departures thus far via loan in the form of Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Francis Coquelin, now appearing to turn their attention to arrivals.
On Thursday it was confirmed in the Independent among others that Polish wonderkid Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw will have his Arsenal medical on Friday, the 17-year-old immediately joining the first team.
Bielik appears set to serve as a promising young option to revitalise Arsene Wenger’s midfield, most adept at playing in the defensive role that ageing duo Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta occupy.
Arsenal have reportedly offered £6 million in an effort to see off challenges from the likes of Inter, while Napoli have also been consistently linked with Brozovic in Italy.
According to agent Miroslav Bicanic, however, Napoli are yet to truly firm up their interest in his client.
Calciomercato picked up on quotes from Bicanic in which he told AreaNapoli.it: “Napoli? Nothing serious. It is not the first time that my client has been approached by the Azzurri, and more generally, by an Italian club, but nothing is concrete.”
Bicanic then revealed that a move to the Premier League is a possible scenario before the month is over, with multiple clubs in the frame.
“We are considering some options, a transfer in this window is possible, but we’re talking about other countries. Which? Probably England.
“Some understand and five to six [clubs] could take him. Our goal is to land in one of the major European leagues.”
Like Bielik, Brozovic is capable of playing a deeper role in the centre of the park but is experienced playing further up the pitch, where he often has featured for Dinamo.
Securing the Croatian’s services in addition to those of the younger Pole would be a boon for Wenger and the Gunners, injecting youth into a key area of the squad.
Arsenal have reportedly had a prior offer for Brozovic rejected, however, and it remains unclear how Dinamo Zagreb will respond to the latest bid for their star man.
Bicanic’s comments suggest that there is plenty of competition in the sweepstakes for Brozovic’s signature, though a focus on moving to England bodes well for the Gunners.
At the very least a serious challenge from Serie A seems out of the way for the North London outfit, and for the time being Arsenal will be hoping that Brozovic views a move to the Emirates as his best option at the moment.