Arsenal and Everton are reportedly set to battle Juventus in the pursuit of highly-rated North Korean striker Han Kwang-Song, currently contracted to Cagliari.
The transfer window has slammed shut. But, the closure of the transfer window has not put a stop to the top clubs being linked with players as they continue to prepare ahead of the January transfer window. According to The Sun, Arsenal, Everton and Juventus are all taking a keen interest in Cagliari striker Han Kwang-Song.
Han Kwang-Song is a striker hailing from North Korea and is currently contracted to Cagliari. The Pyongyang-born striker has been sent out on loan to Perugia this season, wherein he has taken the Serie B by storm. Han scored a hattrick on his league debut for Perugia and backed it with another goal in the second match.
4 goals and 2 league matches into his European career, the player has already started to attract top clubs. Juventus, the champions of Italy and a dominant force in both the nation and throughout Europe, has been taking a keen look at the 18-year-old.
But, according to the latest reports, Arsenal and Everton are both also keeping tabs on the player and are set to battle Juventus for the North Korean. The Premier League duo have reportedly sent their scouts in order to watch the player closely and gather more info on the 18-year-old.
19 yo Cagliari loanee Han Kwang-song scored a hat-trick for Perugia at the weekend.
He is the first ever North Korean to play in Italy 🇰🇵🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/A1d2c7DDqt
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) August 28, 2017
Arsenal reinforced their frontline with Alexandre Lacazette and managed to keep Olivier Giroud, who was heavily linked to an exit since the arrival of his compatriot. But, the Gunners are always on the lookout for exciting young additions to their squad, which lends weight to their interest in Han.
Everton have had one of the best transfer windows in their club history thus far, bringing in several quality players, including a Goodison return for Wayne Rooney. However, despite such heavy expenditure, Ronald Koeman was still on the lookout for another striker as his search to replace Romelu Lukaku continued.
The Toffees were linked to Olivier Giroud – a move that failed to materialise. Everton are also in for the 18-year-old, who would be one for the future for any of the three clubs that are interested in the player, who became the first player and scorer from his nation in Italy.
Ideally, the player would like to prove himself in Italy, which would ultimately open the door for a subsequent move to Juventus, as has been the case for many other performers in the nation. His talent is only beginning to take flight and it will be interesting to see if he can launch a successful career in Europe.