Arsenal ‘join the race to sign £10m-rated PAOK wonderkid Giannis Konstantelias’… and will ‘send scouts to watch the 19-year-old in January’ amid interest from Premier League rivals including Man City
- Konstantelias, who can play as a forward and midfielder, has impressed at PAOK
- Arsenal expected to send scouts to watch 19-year-old during January window
- If the Gunners can secure a deal, it’s believed he would return to PAOK on loan
- Arsenal will have to battle several European clubs including Manchester City
Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign 19-year-old PAOK wonderkid Giannis Konstantelias.
Konstantelias, who can play as a forward and a midfielder, has attracted interest from a host of European clubs after impressing in Greece.
The Gunners are expected to send scouts to watch the talented teenager during January, Standard Sport reports.
Arsenal have joined the race to sign 19-year-old PAOK wonderkid Giannis Konstantelias
The Gunners are expected to send scouts to watch Konstantelias during the January transfer window
Konstantelias, who is valued at around £10m, plays for the Greece Under 21 side, but is tipped to get a call up to the senior squad in March for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Arsenal will have to fend off interest from Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Wolves, Leeds and Crystal Palace.
Dutch giants PSV and La Liga side Valencia are also understood to be keen on snatching Konstantelias from PAOK.
Konstantelias has been on the books of Europe’s elite clubs from an early age, in fact he trialled at Barcelona when he was 15 but the Spanish giants failed to agree on a £881,000 (€1m) deal.
If PAOK were to let their star go in January, it is understood that he would return to Greece on loan for the remainder of the season.
Konstantelias has played a pivotal role for PAOK – contributing with four assists in 13 games – helping the Greek side climb to third in the Super League Greece.
The 19-year-old wonderkid has impressed at PAOK and is expected to earn a call up to the senior Greece squad in March
The Gunners are set for a busy January window as they look to maintain their title challenge.
Mikel Arteta’s main target has been Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, but after having two bids rejected, there is concern he could end up in west London at rivals Chelsea.
Sportsmail reported on Friday that the the Ukrainian would prefer a move to the Emirates; if it came down to a two-way choice between the London rivals.
The Gunners have been linked with Mudryk for some time and had £52m and £62m bids rejected with Shakhtar valuing their 22-year-old superstar at around £88m.
The north London club have also held talks with Atletico Madrid to sign Joao Felix on loan as they look to bolster their attack for the second half of the season.
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