A young midfielder for a low fee? It must be an Arsenal transfer rumour! True to form, Arsene Wenger is once again scouring the European transfer market ahead of January, and the latest name to be linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium is Dinamo Zagreb’s Marcelo Brozovic.
All mocking aside, the playmaker does look to be the real deal, and the £5m fee being talked about appears to make massive sense in an era where fresh talent comes at an absolute premium in the transfer market.
So, here are FIVE reasons we at FFC Towers think that Brozovic may be a wise addition for the Gunners…
£5m for a Croatian international who has played at the most recent World Cup alongside the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic? Good value, that. It would certainly appear so, as Marcelo Brozovic, for all of his agent’s kissy faces at top clubs, is a genuine talent who is worth the fuss. At 22, he is already a mainstay in the Dinamo Zagreb midfield, and has been attracting glances from some of Italy’s big-hitters as well as Sevilla. Arsene Wenger, according to reports, has only £20m to bolster his squad in January, so a bargain with bags of potential would be a wise addition.
Leading on from point one, Brozovic’s best years are firmly ahead of him. The silky passer is only just 22, yet he’s already played a lot of club football and has been recognised on the international stage. He’s played regularly for Dinamo this season in both domestic action and in the Europa League, Further building on his reputation as one of the continent’s top emerging playmakers.
Okay, a fair few Croatian talents have been dubbed the ‘new Modric’ over the years, but Brozovic is actually not dissimilar to the former Spurs hero. He is not quite as slight as the blonde haired passer – which makes him a little less mobile on the ball – but his style of play is remarkable similar. Valuing possession, Brozovic’s vision and confidence on the ball are reminiscent of a young Modric, who himself spent time at Dinamo before heading to White Hart Lane.
Building on from the last section, his style of play should lend him to life at Arsenal. Brozovic is adept on the ball, good at maintaining possession and confident enough to press forward and help his team-mates – which are all characteristics Arsene Wenger looks for in his midfielders.
With Mikel Arteta now nearing the back end of his career, Brozovic could be a long-term replacement.
Even though he turned 22 over the weekend just gone, Brozovic has bags of playing time under his belt. Despite not starting his career with Dinamo, he’s made over 50 appearances for the Croatian giants, winning the league title in both of his seasons there. Such success has afforded him the chance to perform in the Europa League as well, while his form was rewarded with a World Cup call-up over the summer to represent his nation in Brazil.