Josip Drmic has rejected claims he is on his way to Arsenal. Even so, the Nuremberg forward hinted his future is uncertain after claiming "any boy dreams" of playing for the Gunners.
The 21-year-old rubbished reports his transfer away from the Bundesliga is complete and the suggestion his girlfriend is already looking for somewhere to live in London, as reported by Jure Bohoric of Sky Sports:
"At the moment I am single and there is no one house hunting in London," said Drmic. "What will happen in the future, I don't know. Any boy dreams about playing for Arsenal."
German-based Sky pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft originally tweeted comments made by Lothar Matthaus, who believes Drmic is set for a move to North London:
While it seems this potential deal is still some way off, Drmic's coming of age is likely to interest many across the continent. He has proven a terrific asset to a side that is just one place above the relegation zone, scoring 16 in 27 appearances for Nuremberg, per WhoScored.com.
These numbers are made more impressive when you consider Gertjan Verbeek's team have netted just 34 times this season, with Drmic scoring 47 percent of their total. The lethal finisher has racked up five in his last four appearances, including both goals during the important 2-0 win over Stuttgart, proving himself as a regular match-winner with a consistent supply of goals.
His affinity for capitalising is something Arsenal have lacked in recent times. The effectiveness of Olivier Giroud has waned—the Frenchman has scored just one goal in his last five games—as the Gunners' title charge falters.
Arsene Wenger doesn't possess any all-out goalscoring alternatives, highlighted by the continued presence of Nicklas Bendtner around the squad. Many expected the Frenchman to strengthen his attacking line during the winter transfer window, but Wenger's negligence has certainly come back to define Arsenal's season.
Enis Koylu of Goal.com describes the quality Drmic currently flaunts in Germany:
With the brilliant ability to time his runs off the last man to perfection, two good feet and the type of calmness in the box that cannot be taught, he has made the difference. Whether looking to round the keeper or slot the ball home when one-on-one.
Drmic is by no means the finished article. He needs to learn how to hold the ball up and bring colleagues into play with sharper distribution—having completed just 65.3 percent of passes this season, recorded WhoScored.com—traits Wenger is suited to improving if a move is eventually agreed.
Arsenal would be wise to act before the World Cup if they fancy a deal. Drmic is likely to play a key role for Switzerland and can be expected to raise his value with a stellar showing in Brazil.
Wenger will undoubtedly have to shift through plenty of options during the summer. Drmic is likely to remain at the cheaper end of the scale, but with his goalscoring prowess proven, his signing would be a smart move if Wenger can also land a big-name striker to improve the squad.