Premier League outfit Arsenal have begun their pursuit of young Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski, with the Gunners keen to sign the Swede in January.
Kulusevski’s Juventus career is yet to take flight after he signed from Atalanta in a €35m deal in January 2020. After finishing the 2019/20 season on loan at Parma, where he excelled, the dynamic playmaker joined up with Andrea Pirlo’s Bianconeri for the 2020/21 campaign.
The 21-year-old showcased his distinct talent in spells during his first year at the club, but he failed to cement a regular spot in Pirlo’s starting XI. That trend has continued into 2021/22 with Massimiliano Allegri at the helm.
So far this term, Kulusevski has made just five Serie A starts with Allegri yet to trust the former Atalanta prodigy. However, he impressed somewhat on a rare start as Juventus claimed a much-needed victory over Salernitana on Tuesday night.
Juventus are reportedly willing to move Kulusevski on in January
With the Bianconeri keen to refresh the squad in the upcoming January transfer window, players must be sold to create the requisite funds.
Kulusevski has been linked with a potential departure, but the club don’t want to make a loss on someone who, despite his struggles in Turin, still has the potential the blossom into something quite brilliant.
Thus, Juventus value the Swede at €35m.
Arsenal emerge as a potential suitor
Kulusevski has attracted the interest of several clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, with Fabio Paratici reportedly keen to bring the Swedish international to N17 in January.
However, the strongest contender for the 21-year-old’s signature are their north London rivals, Arsenal. The Gunners’ interest was documented in November and has been confirmed by Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.
“Arsenal want him,” Di Marzio said (via Football Daily). “They had the first contact with his agents. Juventus bought him for €35m plus bonuses, so it depends on how much Arsenal want to invest on this player. I know the first contact has been made.”
For Arsenal, Kulusevski could be a potential replacement for record-signing Nicolas Pepe, who has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates this season. The Gunners may look to cut their losses with the Ivorian in the winter window.