Arsenal send scouts to watch ‘new Luka Modric’ in Nations League clash

The Gunners could be preparing a January swoop

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Lovro Majer in Croatia’s most recent Nations League clash with Denmark, according to reports.

The Gunners are one of several clubs keeping tabs on the 24-year-old midfielder, who has been likened to Luka Modric, and Mikel Arteta’s side sent scouts to watch him for a second time during his country’s 2-1 win over Denmark, in which he scored the winner.

That is according to the Mirror, who claim that Arsenal are looking to add him to their midfield ranks come the January transfer window. The Gunners are likely to be in the market for a midfielder, having seen three bids for Douglas Luiz turned down on transfer deadline day.

Mohamed Elneny is out of contract in the summer, and with Thomas Partey regularly injured, reinforcements are needed. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka is enjoying a renaissance in Red and White but is on the verge of 30 years old, and Albert Sambi-Lokonga continues to be used sparingly by the Gunners hierarchy.

Any deal would see Majer’s current club, Stade Rennais, demand around £44m for their midfield general, who has also been linked with moves to Spanish pair Real Madrid and Barcelona. He is under contract until 2025, but should he keep his current performances he is unlikely to stay in Ligue 1 for too much longer.

So far, he has appeared 44 times for the French outfit, and starred last season as he picked up 6 goals and 8 assists in 29 appearances in the top-flight.

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