Arsenal have been linked with one of Serie A’s brightest young midfielders, as ESPN claim that the Gunners could launch a summer move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
Who is he?
A 24-year-old midfielder, Brozovic can play anywhere through the middle of midfield and has even featured on the right wing. From a holding role to an attacking midfielder, the Croatian is comfortable anywhere across midfield. With 27 international caps to his name already despite his young age, he has huge potential.
Where has he been?
Brozovic broke onto the scene as a 19-year-old talent at Dinamo Zagreb, one of the biggest clubs in his native country of Croatia. A product of the youth system of second division side Hrvatski Dragovoljac, he moved to Lokomotiva after his first club were relegated and after just one season there he earned a move to Zagreb on a seven year contract.
What’s his style of play?
Brozovic likes to dictate the tempo of games from deep, often preferring to use his wide range of passing to start attacking moves rather than dribbling and driving through defences. Strong on the ball, he is happy to retain possession until the right pass becomes available.
The Inter midfielder is also a good set piece taker, both from corners and free-kicks, which adds a goal threat to his game. However, he’s not afraid to get stuck in and shows no sign of hesitation when required to track back and defend.
The Croatian is also a fiesty character, having been sent off four times in his career. He also caused controversy at the San Siro last season after walking straight down the tunnel having been substituted, refusing to take his place on the bench, leading to him being dropped for the following fixture against Juventus.
What would his arrival mean for Arsenal?
Signing Brozovic would be far from a vote of confidence in last summer’s signing Granit Xhaka or in returning loanee Jack Wilshere. It’s hard to see how the squad would accommodate both Wilshere and Brozovic, but the Inter man has more potential to be a success and could signal the end of the Bournemouth loanee’s Arsenal career.
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