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London, UK. 28th Mar, 2023. Martin Baturina of Croatia during the UEFA Under21 International match at Craven Cottage, London.

All you need to know about Arsenal target & ‘next Modric’ Martin Baturina

Arsenal have had a noteworthy summer transfer window so far and Mikel Arteta is still looking to strengthen his ranks by signing Croatian wonderkid Martin Baturina.

The Gunners have the youngest squad in the Premier League and Arteta has his eyed fixed on their next target. According to The Express, Arsenal are now tracking Baturina.

And we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the Croatian talent.

Who is he?

Born in February 2003, the 20-year-old midfielder has quickly risen through the ranks of the Croatian footballing ladder. Baturina spent time with  Hajduk Split and RNK Split as a youngster, before joining Dinamo Zagreb in 2017.

He made his professional debut in 2021 and he has continued to gain experience since. The 2022-23 season was a real breakthrough year for Baturina as he featured in 48 games across all competitions and played over 3000 minutes of football.

While climbing the ranks at club level, Baturina has also made great strides on the international front. He has featured in various youth groups in the national set-up and is now a regular for the Croatia Under-21s.

The 20-year-old has plenty of experience under his belt in the Croatian Football League and Champions League and it’s no surprise to see a club like Arsenal interested.

Where he plays

Baturina is a versatile midfielder who predominately plays in an attacking role. He has played out wide on occasion but tends to play through the middle as an advanced playmaker.

Last season for Dinamo Zagreb he scored six goals and produced 13 assists. An impressive return for Baturina in what proved to be his most prolific season to date.

In the league alone, he averaged a goal contribution every 128 minutes last season which is highly impressive for a creative midfielder of his age.

 

What has been said

Croatian sports agent Zdravko Mamic has discussed the future of Baturina as comparisons to the likes of Luka Modric and Dani Olmo have been made.

“There’s another little one. Martin Baturina, who is the rank of Modric or Olmo,” Mamic told Mozzart Sport. “Time will tell if he is better or worse because he also needs luck. We stood behind Modric and Olmo and that’s why they did what they did. This kid was better than the two of them in those years.”

Despite their enormous transfer spend so far, Mikel Arteta hinted that Arsenal could still complete more transfer business in the coming month-and-a-half.

“Let’s see. There is a lot of time still in the market and expectations with some of our players, so we will have to see how things develop in the next couple of weeks,” Arteta told Sky Sports News.

“We will be alert. There is still time to do things. There is still time for exits obviously, so I am sure things will move.”

Who else is interested?

Along with Arsenal, Baturina has attracted interest from clubs in the Serie A and Bundesliga. The midfielder is contracted with Dinamo Zagreb until 2028, with his most recent contract extension coming in April this year.

Transfermarkt have given the youngster a market value of £13million, although it remains to be seen how much Dinamo Zagreb themselves value the player.


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