Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Josip Drmic Would Be Step in Right Direction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

Nuremberg's Josip Drmic of Switzerland, right, and Bayern's Thiago Alcantara of Spain challenge for the ball during a   German first  division  soccer match between 1.FC Nuremberg and Bayern Munich in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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In the club's seemingly never-ending hunt for a new striker, Arsenal are now believed to be planning a move for Tottenham-target and current Nurnberg player Josip Drmic, according to talkSPORT.

Metro's Jamie Sanderson already wrote on the team's reported interest earlier this month, when German newspaper Bild claimed Arsene Wenger had been tracking the Swiss international for months and was lining up an offer that would bring Drmic to the Emirates in the summer transfer window.

Playing for Nurnberg, a team that sits just above the relegation zone in the German Bundesliga, Drmic isn't exactly a big name that attracts a lot of attention from fans but scouts are very excited about the potential the young attacker brings to the table.

Bleacher Report's Allan Jiang wrote a scouting report about Drmic, outlining some of his strengths and emphasising his impressive potential.

At a reported 6'2'', Drmic is quite tall for a winger, but the Swiss international has all the quickness and technique required to play out on the flanks. But with finishing as perhaps his best trait, Nurnberg have mainly played Drmic as a centre-forward, and the youngster hasn't disappointed.

With 15 goals in 26 games, as noted by, his scoring rate is very impressive for a player still learning some of the intricacies of the position and his quick shooting release and ability to finish with both feet are very important tools that will serve Drmic well at any level.

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Arsenal's interest in Drmic makes perfect sense, and the 21-year-old would most likely come at a reasonable price, as currently values the attacker at £6.2 million.

Reported interest from Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen, as reported by Bild and noted by Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney, could drive up the price, especially if Nurnberg avoids relegation, but the player would still be affordable compared to some of the other names that will hit the market this summer.

Drmic would present an excellent addition to Arsenal's squad, and he would make for a smart investment as the club prepares for the future. What the Swiss international wouldn't be, however, is a solution to the problems the club currently faces.

With Olivier Giroud struggling and Nicklas Bendtner, well, being Nicklas Bendtner (every excuse will do to share the video linked below), Arsenal have found it difficult to close the gap with the truly elite teams at the top of the Premier League.

The top teams in world football rely on designated finishers like Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao to win them games that could go either way, and it's the points clubs win in those toss-up games that often decide the outcome of the title race at the end of the season.

The Gunners don't have such a decisive striker, and club legend Robert Pires told Sky Sports finding such a player should be Wenger's main priority:

"It's very important to buy the other striker because maybe you can play 4-4-2. The priority must be a new striker to play with Olivier Giroud."

Superfan Carl Bovis took it one step further:

Drmic is a supremely talented player, and the current Switzerland coach and football mastermind Ottmar Hitzfeld has enough faith in the player's development that he has started giving the youngster regular playing time in the national squad.

A move for the 21-year-old attacker would be a smart one, but Drmic should not be the only forward the club adds during the next transfer window. An immediate impact player is needed for Arsenal to take the next step and at this point in his career, that is something Drmic is not.

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 05: (L-R) Ricardo Rodriguez, Goekhan Inler, Josip Drmic and Valon Behrami of Switzerland celebrate the first goal of the match during the international friendly match between Switzerland and Croatia at the AFG Arena on March
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With the versatility to play out on the wing or even pair with a second striker in a 4-4-2, Arsenal could perfectly combine a move for the youngster with a high-profile signing like Costa or Mario Mandzukic.

In that scenario, Drmic would give Wenger vital depth in the attacking third and an excellent building block for the future while the established striker could come in and fix the Gunners' offensive struggles right away.

Simply put, stealing Drmic from hated rivals Tottenham would be a good move, and the Swiss international would present a smart signing. But Drmic should only be the beginning of an overhaul of the attacking department for the club.



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