According to Sky Sports, Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea are among the front runners to complete the signature of Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante in the summer. The 23-year-old is currently plying his trade at Serie A side Atalanta, where he has performed beyond expectations.
German club Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly in the mix to sign the player and will face stiff competition from several other Italian clubs along with the aforementioned English duo if they are to bring the midfielder to Signal Iduna Park in the summer.
The midfielder has been capped twice by the national side – which is quite a commendable feat, given the quality of midfielders the Italians have at their disposal. However, he is yet to nail down a permanent berth in the Azzuri side, and a move to a bigger European club would escalate his chances of doing just that.
Age: 23 ?
Caps for Italy: 2 ??
Goals this season: 12 ⚽
Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante, according to Sky Sources. ?
— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) April 30, 2018
Chelsea and Arsenal are both on the lookout for quality central midfielders and have turned their attention to the 23-year-old. The Atalanta midfielder may not be the best at dribbling or carrying the ball from defence to attack, but has plenty of facets to his game that make him a solid midfield player. He is phenomenal at picking out passes and dictating the tempo and is also fantastic at using his physicality to bully opponents and give his side the edge in the middle of the park.
An AC Milan academy product, Cristante has polished his skills at the initial stages of his career and he now has a few good years in him before he hits his peak and could arguably reach world class potential if he is to improve on certain aspects of his game.
He’s already scored nine and assisted two in the league this season, despite playing in a deeper position closer to the halfway line than to the opposition penalty area. This shows signs of a player willing to get forward and put in a shift and could walk into the Arsenal and Chelsea sides and be a mainstay in the middle of the park for many years to come.