Arsenal have ‘presented their proposal’ for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to reports, but the Gunners might be too busy to get this deal over the line.

Inter may need to sell Brozovic in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. It’s not a surprise, then, that his name has been linked to Arsenal and Everton by Sportitalia.

They report that the two clubs have contacted Inter and ‘presented their proposals’ for the midfielder. Yet, they only have details of Everton’s offer, which was said to be £14m – half of Brozovic’s release clause.

Arsenal may look to strengthen their midfield one day, but clearly won’t in the remaining days of the January window for three reasons. The first is that their focus is entirely on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the moment, while West Brom’s Jonny Evans also remains an option.

The second is that even if they do look at their midfield, Brozovic doesn’t seem the most inspiring of choices either. The Croat wouldn’t give Arsenal the defensive quality their looking for, as shown by his stats for Inter Milan this season.

He’s versatile and has a great engine, but fits the role of utility player. The third reason is that Arsenal should be looking at adding a high quality defensive midfielder to their squad instead. I can’t see this deal happening in the coming days as a result.

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