Lothar Matthaus has tipped Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic to join Arsenal in the summer, though the forward says that reports of him looking for accommodation in London are erroneous.
The 21-year-old arrived in the Bundesliga from FC Zurich last summer and has scored 15 goals in 26 appearances this season.
Matthaus claims to “know for a fact” that Drmic’s wife is house-hunting in the English capital but, while admitting the attraction of a team like the Gunners, the Swiss insists that he is single.
“Arsenal are believed to be interested in Drmic,” Matthaus said on German television while working as a pundit.
“I know for a fact that his wife is looking for a flat in London. I assume that Drmic will finish the season with Nurnberg hopefully successful and Nurnberg will sell him afterwards with a good profit – in this case to Arsenal.”
But Drmic told Bild: “At the moment, I’m single. There is no one house-hunting in London.”
“What will happen in the future, I don’t know. Any boy dreams about playing for Arsenal.”
Everton and Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham have also been linked with Drmic, with a fee of around £6 million touted by reports in the German media.
Nurnberg boss Martin Bader is pessimistic on his hopes of keeping his hottest property, adding: “I would be naive to think that nobody would recognise Josip and I cannot guarantee that he’ll stay.”