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Newcastle United To Rival Inter Milan For This Serie A Midfielder: One For The Future?

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In a recent report, Corriere dello Sport stated that Newcastle United are set to rival Inter Milan for Empoli midfielder Kristjan Asllani. It is understood that the Magpies have requested to hold a meeting with the Italian club regarding a potential move for the Albanian talent this summer.

Asllani’s Season Of Mixed Emotions In Italy

The Elbasan-born talent has enjoyed a decent campaign in Italian football as he has managed to catch the eye with some solid displays for Empoli at the centre of the park. The 20-year-old has already made 27 appearances for the Italian outfit so far, finding the back of the net once and grabbing two assists across all competitions.

The two-time Albania international has struggled to be consistent with his performances at the heart of Empoli’s midfield based on his average of 0.8 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.5 clearances and 0.7 shots per game in Serie A. However, he has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 84.3% of his attempted passes in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).

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EMPOLI, ITALY – APRIL 24: Kristjan Asllani of Empoli FC in action during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani on April 24, 2022 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United Want To Recruit Asllani: Is He A Prospect For The Future?

Asllani is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required and is an accurate passer of the ball. Asllani is primarily a defensive midfielder but can even fill in as a box-to-box midfielder or operate in the number ten position as an attacking midfielder if needed.

However, the Albania international has to find a way to be more fruitful with his contributions in the opposition half.

At 20, Asllani has got a bright future ahead and would no doubt enhance the quality of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe‘s midfield department. He is undeniably a prospect to watch out for in the future as long as the player continues to take strides towards improving himself with each season.

However, the Magpies will have to be patient with his progress as he is still quite a raw talent and would need time to settle into life in Premier League football if the Tyneside outfit can get him on board this summer.

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