Five facts about reported Manchester United target Dejan Kulusevski

Dejan Kulusevski is the most recent exciting youngster linked with a move to Manchester United.

The Sun report United have sent scouts to watch the teenager, who is also interesting Juventus and Inter.

So who is Dejan Kulusevski and what could he bring to United?

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Here are five facts about the reported Old Trafford target…

  1. Kulusevski is on loan at Parma from Atalanta and turned 19 in April.
  2. He is already a regular for his loan club, having played 18 matches across all competitions this season.
  3. He is an attacking, who can play up front or as right winger. He has four goals and six assists already this season.
  4. Kulusevski was born in Stockholm, Sweden to Macedonian parents, playing for North Macedonia at Under 17 level five times.
  5. He then played for Sweden at Under 17, 19 and 21 level before making his full debut against the Faroe Islands last month.

What they say

His agent, Stefano Sam, told Calcio Mercato: “Manchester United on Kulusevski? He is followed by several Premier League clubs; he could have left this summer too. There were so many great offers this summer

“I call him a soldier on a mission; he works and never complained, much less anyone complained about him. He is hungry.”

As per the Sun, the player himself recently said: “I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club.

“The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.”

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Where do United fit in?

It’s not clear at this moment in time whether United are just scouting Kulusevski, or whether we are actually going to be in the running to land him.

United signed Daniel James during the summer but he is not the most natural right winger and that position is one that has needed filling for a number of seasons now.

Di Marzio, via Football Italia, report that 35 million euros (£29.8 million) should be enough to secure the teenager and Inter have already met Atalanta to discuss a swoop.

That’s still a lot of money to spend on a teenager with less than a full season behind him, but if he offers an upgrade on the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard as a wideman who can also play centrally, it’s worth the money.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.