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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Preparing Bid for Marcelo Brozovic, Top Rumours

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 10:  Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 10, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

Arsenal could sign Inter Milan midfield star Marcelo Brozovic for a bargain £15.2 million, after reports suggested the Nerazzurri are prepared to cash in on the Croatia international.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) said Inter are ready to move the player on. Tom Olver of Metro added the Serie A giants will first trigger their contractual option to buy the midfielder from Dinamo Zagreb after his 18-month loan stint at the San Siro ends and then sell the 23-year-old to the Gunners. 

Olver claimed Manchester United and Chelsea also have ambitions to pursue the box-to-box player, who would be a steal at the stated price. 

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 15:  Marcelo Brozovic (down) of FC Internazionale Milano clashes with Fabio Pisacane (up) of Cagliari Calcio during the TIM Cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 15, 20
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Calciomercato explained Inter are ready to welcome Sevilla kingpin Ever Banega, who is a free agent in the summer, opening the door for a quick profit on a Brozovic sale in June.

The Croatian has steadily improved during his short time in Italian football and has played 31 times in Serie A for his loan club, according to WhoScored.com.

However, the expected addition of Banega will squeeze Brozovic's opportunities in Milan, and a quick move to the Premier League could be more tempting than sitting on the Inter bench next term. 

Italian football writer Richard Hall recently highlighted how much Inter miss the player when he doesn't start:

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 30: Internazionale Milano's player Marcelo Brozovic vies with Napoli player Josèp Maria Callejon during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio San Paolo on November 30, 2015 in Naples, Italy.
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Speaking recently to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato), the player's representative Miroslav Bicanic refused to rule out a transfer to England, saying:

Brozovic is part of the group of the new top players on the transfer market. We hope that he will continue this way and that he will do very well in 2016. Will he remain at Inter at the end of the season? This depends from the market and from the eventual offers. Last week I was in England, but I promise not to reveal the names of the clubs interested.

Brozovic is a fresh talent who is built for the rigours and pace of the Premier League. He would suit the current needs of Arsenal, United or Chelsea, with all three clubs having space in their squad for a player with the Croatian's skills.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini recently said Brozovic could become "one of the best ever," per Football Italia, and if he truly believes this assertion, he will not want to see the midfielder depart in the summer.

Here is a video of the player nicknamed the Maestro: 

In other news, Serge Gnabry is on his way back to Arsenal after his failed loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

ESPN FC's Mattias Karen confirmed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he will recall the German player after he failed to break into the Baggies side. 

Wenger commented about Gnabry after the Gunners defeated Burnley in the FA Cup, per Karen: "I am tempted to let him go somewhere [on loan], to do with him what I did with [Francis] Coquelin—to go somewhere for a month or two and then come back."

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Gnabry was impressive during his earliest appearances in Arsenal's first-team, but he desperately needs a run at another club in the Premier League in order to improve.

He has an impressive set of skills and genuine power, but he cannot fulfil his potential in Arsenal's reserve team, with the Gunners' under-21 side residing in Division 2.

The player has found life on loan difficult, as many do when they leave their parent club for a less glamorous environment.

West Brom are a team that defend from the front, and Gnabry's agenda is not in tune with the Baggies' mandate to stop the opponent with little flair or attacking prowess.   

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