Arsenal are reportedly leading Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski, who is valued at €35 million.
According to Calciomercato, Arsenal have emerged as the frontrunner in the pursuit of Dejan Kulusevski. The Juventus forward is expected to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window, with the Bianconeri expecting an offer of around €35 million.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs involved in the race to sign the youngster. But it appears the Gunners have taken the lead, as Mikel Arteta looks to land his first big acquisition for the winter transfer window.
The club is yet to make an official attempt to meet Juve’s €35 million demands. But recent reports had suggested they were willing to fork out €30 million for the young forward, which is hardly surprising as the North London giants are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements next month.
The goalscoring department, in particular, has proven to be a problem for Arsenal amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese international has fallen out of favour on and off the pitch, thus leading to speculations linking him to a move to Newcastle United, among many other clubs across Europe.
Aubameyang’s primary alternative, Alexandre Lacazette, is also facing an uncertain future at the club. The Frenchman’s current contract at Emirates at the end of the season, with the forward emerging as a potential target for Inter Milan. It accentuates the need for a new face in the offensive unit – one that can potentially replace both Aubameyang and Lacazette when the time comes.
Kulusevski fits the bill perfectly despite his struggles at Juventus in recent years. The 21-year-old has showcased a lot of potential in Serie A, particularly with his pace, versatility and technical prowess. It could make him an ideal solution for Mikel Arteta’s attacking woes, although it remains to be seen whether the Swedish international can thrive in the physical nature of the Premier League.
However, Kulusevski might not be the only Juventus player joining Arsenal in January, as the club is also in contention of re-signing prodigal son Aaron Ramsey. The struggling Welshman is expected to leave Juve next month, thereby attracting interest from numerous clubs, including Sevilla, Newcastle United and his former club, Arsenal.