Arsenal could be set to agree a deal for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, with the Italian club's director Pietro Ausilio reportedly due to fly out to London to discuss a possible £15.6 million transfer with the Gunners.
That's according to Tuttosport's Giovanni Capuano (h/t Metro's Jamie Sanderson), who reports Ausilio will hold talks with Arsenal "this week":
Giovanni Capuano @capuanogio
Tuttosport - Ausilio a Londra per parlare di #Brozovic con l'Arsenal. Potrebbe essere la chiave per Soriano https://t.co/aIjSLIFrbz2/22/2016, 6:49:33 AM
The Croatian is only on loan at the San Siro from Dinamo Zagreb, but per Sanderson, the Serie A outfit "have an option to make the transfer permanent before then selling him on," which is a "big priority" as they "want to raise money to fund their own business."
Brozovic has established himself as an important player for Inter this season, scoring four goals and assisting two in 22 appearances.
WhoScored.com's Cristiano Acconci is an admirer of the 23-year-old and hailed his impact on the side:
Cristiano Acconci @MrAcconci
Brozovic is perfect12/15/2015, 9:14:30 PM
Cristiano Acconci @MrAcconci
Brozovic has really given his team something invaluable - Team spirit and chemistry. Long live #EpicBrozo https://t.co/e91ZpdOGLo12/17/2015, 11:35:10 AM
The midfielder recently capped off an excellent performance against Fiorentina with a goal, per BT Sport Football:
BT Sport Football @btsportfootball
"What a great goal!" Marcelo Brozovic blasts home for @Inter following a sweet passing move. #SerieA https://t.co/ttWpy7dOVH2/14/2016, 8:35:07 PM
Here are some of his other highlights:
As the video demonstrates, he is not only lethal from distance when cutting inside onto his right foot, but he is also a strong passer and dribbler of the ball.
According to Squawka, the midfielder has also made 25 interceptions and as many tackles in 20 Serie A showings this season, which illustrates his willingness to help out his defence.
The Gunners already have plenty of central midfield options, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin among those vying for places when fit.
However, with Mathieu Flamini failing to inspire, players such as soon-to-be 34-year-old Mikel Arteta and 35-year-old Tomas Rosicky firmly nearing the end of their careers and injuries proving a problem for Jack Wilshere in particular, the Gunners could do with further fresh blood in their squad.
Should any depart the Emirates Stadium in the summer, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may well be tempted to recruit another midfielder, and Brozovic would be a strong candidate.
In other news, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed he once shared dinner with Wenger way back in 1998 during his time at Parma. Per Metro's Tom Olver, the 38-year-old told BT Sport about approaches made to him from Premier League clubs.
Buffon has gone on to make almost 600 Serie A appearances for Parma and the Bianconeri, as well as earn 154 caps for Italy—with whom he won the World Cup in 2006—and was recently voted the best 'keeper of all time by readers of France Football (h/t Football Italia).
The Gunners can now call on Petr Cech between the sticks after snapping him up in the summer, but they undoubtedly could have used the Italian after struggling for years to find a No. 1 who could adequately replace David Seaman and Jens Lehmann.
Buffon recently announced he will retire from the sport after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will likely add to his impressive haul of silverware before hanging up his boots as he continues to challenge for trophies with Juventus.