By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal are interested in Udinese central midfielder Jakub Jankto, according to the player’s agent.
As quoted in the Sun, the 21-year-old’s representative Beppe Riso states: “Arsenal like him, he’s a lover of English football.
“He’s also liked by Juve, Inter and other teams.
“Still, he’s young, he’s 21 years old, he must be calm and he’s only thinking about Udinese.”
The newspaper also claims that the midfielder was observed by scouts from the North London club last season.
Jankto has spent three seasons with the Serie A team but he made his breakthrough into the first-team during the 2015-16 campaign, where he contributed with five goals and nine assists in 35 matches in all competitions.
The youngster continued with his progression last season, scoring five goals and providing four assists in all competitions, helping Udinese secure 13th place in the league table which is their best finish since the 2013-14 campaign.
The midfielder’s performances earned him a call-up to the Czech Republic national team where he scored on his international debut in a friendly match against Lithuania in March.
Jankto has gone on to feature three more times for his country.
The youngster’s contract with the Italian side runs out in 2021.
Football Insider verdict
Jankto’s agent makes it very clear that the player is concentrating on his current club Udinese for the upcoming season so it’s hard to believe that there will be any further developments in this story. It is clear that the youngster has the potential to become a fine player but for the moment, Arsenal must look at options who can immediately better the current crop of players in the squad and take them to the next level and start challenging for trophies again. The Gunners should keep an eye on Jankto’s development in Italy and potentially step up their interest if the youngster shows that he has the capabilities to perform in the Premier League in the near-future.
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