Rennes ace agent has issued a response to the rumours linking the so-called ‘new Luka Modric’ with a move to Juventus or Premier League giants Arsenal, telling Tuttosport that Rennes are unlikely to let the Croatia international go without a fight.
If Majer was feeling the pressure after being likened to arguably the greatest Croatian footballer of all time, then he’s certainly not showing it.
With 11 goals and 13 assists, the former Hajduk Split wonderkid was the conductor of Rennes’ symphony last term; the jewel in the crown of arguably Ligue 1’s finest footballing side.
And, according to The Mirror, Arsenal sent scouts to watch Majer during Croatia’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in the UEFA Nations League last week. They certainly timed their trip well. Majer stepped off the bench to score a 79th minute winner in front of those Emirates Stadium talentspotters.
WILL ARSENAL MAKE A MOVE FOR RENNES ACE LOVRO MAJER?
“Lovro is growing exponentially,” says representative Marco Busiello.
“He has also become a fixed point for Croatia. He is an ideal attacking midfielder for all the top clubs. Also for Juventus. Why not? For the moment, however, there have not been any talks with the Bianconeri.”
Rennes paid just £10 million to sign 24-year-old Majer from Dinamo Zagreb as recently as 2021. Amid interest from the likes of Arsneal, Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, however, his market value has risen to somewhere in the region of £44 million.
Not that Rennes are willing sellers, of course.
“There were conditions to transfer him to a big (club),” Busiello adds. “But Rennes didn’t want to know about it.”
A left-footed attacking midfielder who tends to drift in from the right, Majer is the latest name on the radar of an Arsenal side who appear to want some competition for Martin Odegaard in the centre of the park, despite the recent addition of Fabio Vieira.
Celtic’s Matt O’Riley, another left-footer, has also been mentioned of late.
“I know (Majer) well,” former Spain international-turned-agent Juanma Lopez told Gianluca di Marzio. “He is an extraordinary talent who can go very far. His growth is constant. He will become one of the best in Europe in his position. You’ll see.”