Liverpool, Arsenal in summer battle for £27m midfield star

Date published: Wednesday 7th March 2018 7:06

Italy international Bryan Cristante is reportedly wanted by a host of Premier League clubs after an impressive loan spell at Atalanta.

Cristante has been on loan for the season at the Serie A outfit from his Portuguese parent club Benfica and has scored ten goals in 33 appearances in all competitions from midfield.

Tuttosport claims that Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal will battle it out for the £27million Italian in the summer.

West Ham and Watford are also thought to be interested in Cristante after he recently burst onto the international stage, while Inter Milan and Juventus – who have been able to watch him at close quarters all season – could make offers.

Atalanta have a £2million option on the Benfica midfielder, which the club are likely to take up, before making a huge profit by moving him on quickly.

Speaking near the end of the January transfer window about reported interest from Juventus, Cristante told Il Corriere della Sera: “I don’t know if Juventus want me.

“What I will do next summer depends on the next five months.

“I can’t rule out a move to the Premier League. I think it’s a good league for me and my qualities.

“One must always believe in his qualities. I’ve never cared about criticisms, I’ve always listened to my manager.

“I always give my best, I always work hard. Let’s see what the future has in store for me.”

 

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