After bringing in striker Danny Welbeck at the end of the last transfer window, Arsenal’s main priority in January is thought to be the procurement of a holding midfielder, with Sami Khedira, Adrien Rabiot and William Carvalho all flagged up as potential purchases.
The Gunners are starting to look a risk at 1/2 to claim a place in the Premier League’s top four for the 18th season on the spin, after winning just two of their eight top-flight matches so far this term.
Much of their malaise has been attributed to problems in front of the back four, with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini both seeming somewhat past it this term, and little in reserve beyond Jack Wilshere, who is yet to prove he can fill an anchor role.
The aforementioned Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Sporting stars were repeatedly linked with the Emirates during the summer.
A renewed move for Khedira in particular, who has only entered the fray as a substitute for Los Blancos this term, at that just twice, was expected from Arsene Wenger next year.
However, if reports in the Mail are to be believed (we’ll leave you to decide) Wenger will instead move for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, having held talks with the player and his agent Miroslav Bicanic last week.
Inter Milan are also thought to be interested in the 21-year-old, but are offering little more than half of the £6.4m fee Dinamo are reportedly demanding.
Brozovic only made his Croatia debut five days before the start of the 2014 World Cup, yet came on in the 65th minute of the opening match against Brazil.
He has been an ever-present starter in Croatia’s first three Euro 2016 qualifiers, all of which Niko Kovacs’ side have won without conceding.
The Zagreb local boy has also starred for a Dinamo outfit that leads the Croatian top flight by four points after 12 fixtures.