North London giants Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move for Croatian international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic ahead of the January transfer window.
Reports in Italy claim that the Gunners will face Premier League competition in the race to sign the 28-year-old shot-stopper.
He came close to signing for English Championship side Aston Villa but the transfer didn’t materialise.
Lovre Kalinic plays his club football for Belgian side Gent at the moment.
Other English sides such as Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are also keen on a transfer for him.
He was part of the Croatian squad that surprised the whole world by reaching the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia before succumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of eventual champions France.
Kalinic has been hugely impressive for the Croatian team since he replaced Danijel Subasic as the first choice goalkeeper.
Subasic was initially the first choice goal minder before he retired after this summer’s World Cup tournament.
He could be a direct replacement for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech who has less than a year left on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Cech has been relegated to be the Gunners’ second choice following the arrival of summer signing Bernd Leno from German side Bayer Leverkusen.