Arsenal may be on tour in Australia at the moment, but that does not preclude them from going about their business in the transfer market as they look to build for both the present and the future.
The signings of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have undoubtedly strengthened Arsene Wenger’s hand, with the latter making a scoring start against FC Sydney on Thursday.
If talkSPORT are to be believed, however, the duo are unlikely to be the only new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Udinese’s Jakub Jankto remaining firmly on the club’s radar.
Still just 21 years of age, the talented midfielder only made his Serie A debut at the beginning of last season, going on to establish himself as a key man for his Italian employers.
Despite playing for a side that finished down in 13th place, the Czech Republic international still managed to weigh in with five goals and four assists, finding the net against both Juventus and Inter Milan:
|21Y 5M||AGE||28Y 8M|
|5FT 11IN||HEIGHT||5FT 11IN|
|11ST 0LB||WEIGHT||11ST 0LB|
|SA | UDI |||| ARS | PL|
|06/16 - 06/17||06/16 - 06/17|
Not quite at the level of a Mesut Özil just yet, the 21-year-old possesses the sort of technical ability that suggests he could be a star of the future, whilst his versatility would help to increase his chances of securing playing time in North London.
Able to operate effectively from the middle of the park or out wide, Jankto is the owner of a sweet left foot that is capable of opening up opposition defences:
|POS: MID||AGE: 21Y 5M|
|HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN||WEIGHT: 11ST 0LB|
|SA | UDI | 16/17||16/17 16/17 | UDI | SA|
Having been labelled as ‘the new Tomas Rosicky’ in some quarters, perhaps it should come as no great surprise to see that Udinese were more potent going forward and more vulnerable defensively when the midfielder featured for them in Serie A last season.