There have been many Arsenal transfer rumours over the last few months linking us with the Dinamo Zagreb defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, and today it is being reported in the Telegraph that the Croatian giants have turned down an opening offer of £5m from Arsenal for the in-demand 22 year-old.
“If someone wants one of our key players, it can only be with a memorable bid, if they knock me off my feet,” Dinamo manager Zdravko Mamic said. “That is my principle, and the numbers appearing in the media do not interest us.”
This memorable bid is being reported to be £8million, which again seems like a reasonable price for me for a player that we need. Add to that that Brozovic is only 22 years old so could have a long and illustrious career ahead of him, BUT he already very experienced, having played over 100 games at the top level in Croatia, and also has six caps for his country.
This tells me that he is definitely not a damp squib but could be brilliant investment even at £8million. If you add to that that Arsenal are actually in dire need of defensive cover then this move would seem like a no-brainer. The rumour mill is saying that other clubs like Liverpool, Spurs, AC Milan, Valencia and Everton are also watching the bidding with interest, so if Wenger likes him enough to bid £5m then why not go the whole way to £8m and close the deal quickly?