That Arsène Wenger is a long-term admirer of Udinese’s Jakub Jankto is nothing new.
After all, back in July, the midfielder was described by Gazzetta dello Sport as a ‘long-term target’, and the Gunners’ interest has never really waned, even if they are yet to make a move for him.
That, however, could change very soon, as the 21-year-old appears to be trying to engineer a move away from Italy with his latest comments, relayed by Corriere dello Sport on Wednesday: “Is my future in the Premier League? I’ve always said I don’t want to stay in Italy for the whole of my career.”
Such comments echo what his agent said over the summer, claiming his client ‘likes Arsenal’ and ‘is a lover of English football’, seeing him ‘more in the Premier League than in other championships’.
Well, Corriere claim there’s every chance he could get his wish, with Arsène Wenger said to be ‘seriously intent’ on signing the Czech Republic international, with Udinese asking for around €25m for their midfielder.
However, they could face some competition, as Chelsea are briefly mentioned, while there’s every chance AC Milan could make a move for him in January.
From what Corriere are putting forward, it seems Arsenal would only move for Jankto in the summer, but there’s every chance, if Wenger is indeed ‘seriously intent’ on signing him, something could be engineered sooner if Gennaro Gattuso’s new side get too close in the coming month or so.
We’ll be keeping an eye on things, as always.