Arsenal will have to shell out £21.5 million to sign Atalanta play-maker Dejan Kulusevski, three years after they missed out on the chance to sign the Serie A phenomenon for just £86,000.
To say Kulusevski has burst onto the scene in the last three months would be something of an understatement. The 19-year-old had made just a handful of appearances for Atalanta before joining Parma on loan in July but he’s already produced five assists and two goals in just 11 games for the Gialloblu.
Kulusevski’s exceptional performances have earned him a fist ever call up for the Sweden national team ahead of November’s make-or-break Euro 2020 qualifiers while, according to Tuttomercatoweb, he has also caught the eye of two Premier League clubs.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are planning to offer £13 million for a player valued at £21.5 million while Arsenal are interested too – and not for the first time either.
According to Goal, the Gunners have been tracking Kulusevski for a number of years now but the Stockholm-born starlet turned down a move to North London in 2016 when he decided to join Atalanta instead - for a pocket change fee of £86,000.
Flash forward three years and he is suddenly worth over £20 million more.
However, for Arsenal, finding a player capable of unlocking opposition defences is absolutely priceless. With Mesut Ozil’s still in and out of the side, Unai Emery’s Gunners have been firing blanks of late, scoring just twice from open play in their last seven games.
The ‘new Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’ could prove the ammunition they are crying out for.
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