Arsenal & Chelsea eyeing Italian international midfielder

As per a report from Sky Sports this afternoon, London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have both set their sights on a summer swoop for Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante.

Highly-regarded

Cristante, a 23-year-old Italian international, has spent the early years of his career bouncing from club to club.

After coming up through the youth ranks of AC Milan, Cristante made a surprise move to Portuguese giants Benfica in the summer of 2014 for around 5 million Euro.

However, he has since been loaned out on 3 occasions, first to Palermo, then to Pescara, and, most recently, to Atalanta.

Bryan Cristante

Bryan Cristante (L) of Atalanta BC competes for the ball with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on February 22, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

And it is in Bergamo that Cristante has finally begun to flourish into the type of player that many had predicted he would become during his teenage years, with the all-action midfielder having proven absolutely crucial to the fortunes of the Orobici to this point in the campaign.

Cristante has found the net on 12 occasions across all competitions, with his brace versus Everton in the group stages of the Europa League back in November having alerted a number of English clubs.

In-demand

And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports this afternoon, Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the clubs to have taken note of Cristante’s stellar form this season, with the capital giants both considering summer offers for the twice-capped Italian international.

Sky adds that Cristante’s agent was spotted in London two weeks ago, with the player interested in a move to the Premier League.

Atalanta are expected to activate their 4 million Euro option to buy on Cristante in June, with rumours suggesting that La Dea would be prepared to immediately part with the Rossoneri youth product, if a sizeable offer is to arrive.

Serie A giants Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli have also all been linked with respective moves for Cristante, with early reports suggesting that a fee of around 30 million Euro could be required to secure a deal.

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