Dejan Kulusevski has dominated the headlines in three countries this week: Italy, England and now his native Sweden. With good reason, too.
The 19-year-old play-maker has been one of the breakthrough stars of the new Serie A season, producing five assists and two goals since joining Parma on loan from Atalanta. And, thanks to his rangy 6ft-something frame and a penchant for carving a defence apart with one simple through ball, comparisons with Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic should come as no surprise.
Nor should the transfer speculation that has accompanied his game-changing displays at the heart of Parma’s midfield.
Arsenal want Kulusevski, according to Tuttomercatoweb, with Unai Emery’s side lacking any real creativity without the famously unreliable Mesut Ozil. Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, are apparently ready to make a £13 million bid which is bound to be rejected by Atalanta.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, it is claimed, want closer to £23 million. Yet Kulusevski could be worth even more than that by the end of the month.
The teenager has been rewarded with his first ever call-up for the Sweden national team ahead of the final two rounds of Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Janne Andersson’s side will be expected to beat whipping boys the Faroe Islands but a clash with Romania, a point and a place behind Sweden in third, feels rather make-or-break. Kulusevski’s ability to create something out of nothing could be the difference between qualifying for the tournament and missing out altogether.
“I'm really happy about this selection, I really am,” Kulusevski told AftonBladet. “I have dreamed of being selected in the national team since I was a kid and I don't really think I have grasped what has happened yet.”
if he carries on like this, however, Kulusevski should get used to being the centre of attention.
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