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Dejan Kulusevski: Profile of Swedish talent dominating Serie A

Manchester United. Arsenal. Inter Milan. Just three of the clubs that want to sign Dejan Kulusevski. What the 19 year-old Swedish midfielder has that is so desirable is a mystery to many. Don’t know who he is? Good. It’s our job to tell you…

According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan value Kulusevski at around €40m and Juventus have seemingly matched it.

Dejan Kulusevski

Born in Stockholm but of Macedonian descent, Kulusevski was signed by Italian scuola di calcio Atalanta back in 2016. However, it took three years of progress behind the scenes before Dejan Kulusevski finally got onto the pitch for the first team – in a 5-0 thrashing of Frosinone. A Swedish cap and a loan to Parma later and he is now one of the most wanted youngsters in Europe. But what does he have that so many others don’t?

Dejan Kulusevski – Style of Play

At 6ft 1in, Kulusevski’s sheer presence on the pitch, particularly in wide areas, gives him a combative nature. Looking simply at his stature fools many. To be decisive enough to make that final pass/finish is often the stumbling block of many midfield talents. Dejan Kulusevski thrives on it. 11 goal contributions from 17 starts in a usually struggling Parma side has them seventh place in Serie A. Talk about impact.

Often operating out on the right hand side, his powerful left foot enables him to cut inside and locate teammates. Kulusevski also has versatility in the forward positions. Capable of playing as a flat central midfielder is a key trait if he is to move to the Premier League, where a hectic fixture schedule and regular injuries demand versatility from the playing squad.

Defensively, Kulusevski has to improve if he wants to feature regularly in a central midfield role. Aside from that, the Swede is physically prepared for the Premier League and has the technical ability to thrive right at the top.

The fee may be in excess of €40m, but what Juventus are getting is a player ready for to play in the best of competitions for the biggest clubs in the world. Of course there is more to be developed in his game, but no one is perfect. Dejan Kulusevski will be a star.

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