Gianluca Di Marzio has been speaking to Sky Sports about Arsenal and Dejan Kulusevski, a player who is also wanted by Tottenham.
What’s the story?
Well, Di Marzio believes Arsenal have made contact with Juventus as they look to sign the £29.7m forward.
The Italian journalist said: “Arsenal want him. They had the first contact with his agents. I know the first contact has been made.”
It seems the Gunners are ahead of Spurs in the race to sign Kulusevski, as there hasn’t been any talk of Tottenham making contact as of yet.
However, Juve Live recently claimed that Spurs hold an advantage, thanks to Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici’s links to Italian football.
In that respect, Arsenal should move quickly, or they risk Tottenham barging their way in.
Why do Arsenal and Tottenham want Dejan Kulusevski?
There’s a reason Paratici paid £29.7m to bring Kulusevski to Juventus in 2019 as a 19-year-old – he’s a potential superstar.
The Swede – who has been likened to Freddie Ljunberg – is also hugely versatile.
In 15 appearances for Juventus this season, Kulusevski has played on both wings, as a central midfielder, and also as a centre-forward.
The wonderkid is also an excellent dribbler, and his versatility should appeal to Mikel Arteta as the Spaniard likes to adopt a fluid system.
He may be stagnating in Turin, but at just 21, he still has an incredible amount of potential to fulfil.
If Arsenal can get their hands on Kulusevski, Arteta’s young guns would have another gem added to the group.