Juventus respond as Arsenal make first bid for €35m-rated winger

Joe Williams
Arsenal-linked Dejan Kulusevski during a warm-up

Arsenal have had their first offer for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski turned down by the Italian club, according to reports in Italy.

The Sweden international swapped Atalanta for fellow Italian side Juve in January 2020 for £31.5m following a successful loan spell at Parma.

He was immediately sent back out on loan to Parma when he arrived in Turin with the Old Lady keen to see how he carried on developing at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.

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After scoring six goals in 19 appearances for Parma in the second part of the campaign, Juventus chucked him into the first team where he scored seven goals in 47 appearances in all competitions last season.

Kulusevski is yet to reach his best form since joining the Serie A giants but he remains highly-rated and has no reportedly been the subject of a bid from Premier League side Arsenal.

The Gunners have been consistently linked with Kulusevski, who has 19 caps for Sweden, and TuttoJuve now claims they have no made an offer.

Arsenal ‘want’ Kulusevski and ‘like him a lot’, while the north London outfit are hoping to ‘repeat the glories of Freddie Ljungberg’.

And the Premier League made their first move for the Juventus winger by proposing ‘an exchange with Nicolas Pépé’ with the Ivorian only starting five league matches this term.

The report adds that Juventus have responded by insisting they ‘would not be interested’ and ‘ask only for cash’ with the website adding that the Old Lady are demanding ‘at least €35m’.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged fans to keep showing their support to the club as they continue to rebuild under Mikel Arteta.

Speaking at the world premiere of ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’ in London on Monday evening, the 72-year-old told the PA news agency: “My advice is just to the fans to continue to support the club, to Arteta, to continue to try and gain the momentum to keep this going.

“They have invested a lot of money and hopefully some potential in the team and (I hope they) continue to keep that momentum in the team.”