Juventus playmaker Dejan Kulusevski has emerged as a potential option for Arsenal after the Gunners were rebuffed by Dusan Vlahovic.
Kulusevski joined the club from Atalanta in a €35m deal back in January 2020 but has failed to enjoy a consistent run in Bianconeri colours since his arrival. The dynamic Swede has flashed his obvious talent, but he’s failed to progress under Massimiliano Allegri at the start of the 2021/22 season.
The 21-year-old has just 16 goal contributions in 62 Juventus appearances and has played a mere 355 minutes in Serie A so far this season, registering a meagre assist in the process. Kulusevski scored an important winner away at Zenit on Matchday 3 of the Champions League in October but followed that up with a disappointing performance in the Derby d’Italia having been granted a rare start.
The Swedish international’s been resigned to the bench since.
Arsenal’s interest in Kulusevski
Premier League outfit Arsenal are keen to add a forward to their ranks in January and they’ve identified Juventus’ Kulusevski as an option.
Gianluca Di Marzio (via ESPN) suggests the Gunners view the Swede as an alternative to Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. Arsenal are supposedly willing to match La Viola’s hefty asking price for their prized asset in January, but the player’s agents are refusing to talk to the north London club.
Kulusevski certainly isn’t the out-and-out forward Arsenal reportedly desire, but his impressive versatility will be of immense value to Mikel Arteta. It’s not yet clear what exactly Kulusevski’s best position is.
A disposable asset
Despite his sky-high potential, Kulusevski is a disposable asset. The player’s understood to be on the market, although Juventus will likely demand a fee in excess of the €35m they paid for him last year.
The Bianconeri are hopeful of boasting their midfield ranks in the winter with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot likely to depart. The funds generated from a Kulusevski sale will go a long way to securing one of their desired targets.
Calciomercato.com speculate that Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, led by Italian tandem Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte, could emerge as a potential landing ground for the out of favour Kulusevski in January.
The Swede’s situation is one to keep an eye on, that’s for sure.