Reports suggest Stoke are interested in Arsenal and Milan target Andreas Cornelius.
It is no surprise that Stoke City are precariously close to the relegation places when they are the lowest goal-scorers in the Premier League. And it is equally unsurprising that manager Tony Pulis is making moves to ensure that statistic isn’t repeated next year.
Reports from Sky Sports suggest Pulis is interested in the Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, a player who last month was linked with Arsenal.
The 20-year-old FC Copenhagen forward is currently top scorer in his domestic league with 17 goals. And having also scored on his international debut last month, Cornelius’s stock is swiftly rising.
The interest from the Britannia was revealed by Stoke ‘keeper Thomas Sorensen, who praised the young forward, calling him “a special talent”.
Having scored just 28 goals in 32 league games this season, Pulis needs to reinvigorate his strike-force and a player such as Cornelius could be the perfect fit.
Alongside his eye for goal, it is the forward’s size that will (if somewhat predictably) appeal to Stoke. At 6’4” he is an imposing figure.
He will also bring competition to a side whose top scorer this season, Jonathan Walters, has just six, while Peter Crouch is currently one goal behind on five.
Cornelius’s age and inexperience may lead to a reduced price, although his natural goal-scoring ability may counter that. A bid in the range of £6million could be enough to tempt Copenhagen into doing business.
Although following rumours last year that both Inter Milan and AC Milan were paying close attention to the striker, and with continued interest from Arsenal, Stoke have a challenge on their hands to secure his signature.
It could be a signature that quickly rises in value if Cornelius continues his current trajectory. It could also be the difference between a tranquil season and the anxiety of another relegation scrap.
Would Cornelius be a good signing for Stoke? And should Tony Pulis sign another, more experienced striker alongside him?
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