Arsenal surge in Kulusevski hunt after key Juventus meeting

Arsenal have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of a Juventus winger, while a Manchester United forward’s future will rest with incoming boss Ralf Rangnick after interest from an elite suitor emerged – all in Monday’s transfer gossip.

JANUARY ARSENAL TARGET KULUSEVSKI ‘FOR SALE’

Arsenal’s path to signing Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski has cleared after positive updates on two fronts were detailed.

The Sweden international, 21, has been a bit-part player in Turin this season. Indeed, Kulusevski has made 17 appearances between Serie A and the Champions League. However, the majority of those outings have come via substitute appearances.

Kulusevski operates primarily as a left-footed right winger and had drawn links with north London pair Arsenal and Tottenham.

Indeed, Spurs’ links with Juventus through Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte were believed to hold them in good stead.

However, according to the Mirror (citing Italian outlet Calciomercato), it is Arsenal who are leading the charge with a January move a distinct possibility.

They claim Kulusevski is ‘unhappy’ at his lack of starts under Max Allegri. For their part, Juventus have finally relented and are understood to have transfer listed the forward.

Juventus still retain hopes of signing Tottenham target Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. Selling the £30m-rated Kulusevski will aid their cause on that front.

As such, the report reveals Arsenal recently met Juventus’ sporting director Federico Cherubini.

The ‘potential transfer’ of Kulusevski was reportedly on the agenda with the Swede now deemed ‘for sale’.

MAN UTD FORWARD’S FUTURE RESTS WITH RANGNICK

An escape route for Anthony Martial has emerged with Barcelona eyeing a January raid. His future at United faces a key period with incoming manager Ralf Rangnick coming in. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is reportedly open to a Premier League return. However, he has ruled out joining Newcastle or his former club Tottenham. (Daily Express)

Instead, Modric is open to the idea of linking up with Manchester City when he becomes a free agent next summer. (SuperDeporte)

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