For Manchester United, the right-wing position has been a real issue over the last few years.
Well, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils could well have stumbled upon a potential problem-solver…
Apparently, United’s chief scout was sent to Italy to watch Chris Smalling and see how the Englishman is progressing with AS Roma. Well, according to Corriere Della Sera, translated by Sport Witness, the Reds came away with more than they bargained for.
The newspaper writes that United’s chief scout left the game having put together a report on talented 19-year-old forward, Dejan Kulusevski.
Kulusevski is himself a loanee, owned by Atalanta, but playing for Parma on a season-long loan (and on the winning side vs Smalling’s Roma this weekend).
In twelve appearances, the Swede has scored twice and tacked on five assists from the right-wing slot, while catching the attention of ‘numerous sides’ despite being just a teenager.
Atalanta know what a talent they have on their books, while Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton have prepared bids of around £14.5-£15m for Kulusevski, though the Serie A high-flyers are looking for something closer to the £21.5m-£22m mark.
Obviously, that figure is well within United’s reach should they deem the player good enough. He also fits the mould of the young up-and-comer that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tending to move for at this stage of his United tenure…