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Dinamo Zagreb vice-president Zdravko Mamic has revealed that the Croatian giants have rejected a €20 million offer from Arsenal for highly rated youngsters Mateo Kovacic and Sime Vrsaljko.
“Ten days ago we had a special visit in Zagreb,” Mamic was quoted as saying by Sportski Zurnal.
“Here were people from Arsenal and they were ready to pay €20 million in order to secure the services of Vrsaljko and Kovacic.
“But they are to stay in Dinamo, Arsenal just wanted to buy them for the future. But my answer was sharp, I said ‘no’ in one second.
“We have space and no problems at our bank account, so I can take a risk. I know I’m playing with luck but so far I am winning. I believe it will be the same in the future.”
The 18-year-old Vrsaljko is considered to be one of the most exciting young wing-backs in Europe and has already been linked with several big European clubs. The 16-year-old Kovacic recently made his debut at senior level and has been labelled the ‘Croatian Messi’. (Goal.com)
Arsenal are amongst the best in the world at identifying young talent – especially because the club spends less than half that of Barcelona scouring the world for potential stars.
The Gunners plucked Cesc Fabregas from the Catalan side from the age of 16, and are advocates of the rule that if you are good enough, you are old enough.
It does seem unlikely that the Gunners would be willing to pay €20m (£16.93m) on two unproven talents, but these two players have long interested the leading clubs in Europe.
If Arsenal are at the front of the queue, that has to be welcomed by their supporters.
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