Sevilla have reportedly beaten Arsenal and Everton in the race for Marcelo Brozovic, with Spain being the midfielder’s preferred destination.
As per a report from Gianluca di Marzio, Marcelo Brozovic has given his approval for a move to the Andalusian side after an offer came his way. Sevilla have reportedly offered to take him on an initial loan spell for €1 million, with an option to make the deal permanent for €28 million.
The report further goes on to state that after a few hours of consideration, the 25-year-old gave his consent and now, all that remains is for Inter to agree to the move. Brozovic was reported to be a target for Arsenal, who after missing out on him in the summer, were linked to him once again only days ago.
Having already signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United this winter, it seems like Arsene Wenger wasn’t finished trying to bolster his midfield. They lost two wingers in the from on Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, while midfielder Francis Coquelin has moved to Valencia as well.
While Arsenal have managed to add Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to their ranks, the problems in midfield still need addressing. Mohamed Elneny has been largely unconvincing this season, while Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey haven’t been consistent in their performances either.
To add to Wenger’s midfield woes, Jack Wilshere is yet to agree to a new contract and as things stand, they are now a midfielder short in their squad. Brozovic, who has fallen out of favour with Luciano Spalletti this season would have been a good addition to the squad.
Match fitness wouldn’t have been a problem either, as he has started only 8 out of his 18 season appearances across all competitions. Since arriving from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2015, he has scored 17 goals and made 12 assists in 97 games for the Nerazurri.
An experienced, hardworking box-to-box midfielder with a keen eye for a pass and the ability to strike from distance, the Croatian international would have been a bargain for €28 million in such an inflated market. However as of now, it seems as if Sevilla is his next destination, and it’s back to the drawing board for Wenger & co.