In a recent report, Calciomercato claimed that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Fiorentina full-back Michael Kayode. It has been stated that the Gunners are monitoring the progress of the Italian defender ahead of a potential move in the future.
Kayode’s Impressive Run Of Form In Serie A
Kayode has enjoyed a decent campaign at the Italian club as he has put in some impressive displays for them on the right side of their backline. The Italian sensation has picked up one assist in five matches for Fiorentina this season across multiple competitions.
The 19-year-old has been a decent performer on the right flank and did well to average 2.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 2.5 clearances, 0.8 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the wide areas based on his pass completion rate of 86% in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at the Florence club will run out in the summer of 2025. Hence, the Gunners will have to make a good offer if they want to recruit the Italian talent next year.
Should Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Move In For Kayode?
Kayode is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his side on the defensive end of the pitch. He usually puts his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot. The Italian full-back can even engineer a few promising chances for his teammates from the wide areas. He is a good dribbler with the ball as well.
Kayode is primarily a right-back but can also operate as a right-winger or as a left-back if asked to do so. We can expect him to add more quality to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta‘s defence as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in England.
Kayode has what it takes to fight for a regular starting spot at the Emirates Stadium next year. He is more than capable of competing with Ben White for the right-back spot in Arteta’s first XI.
At 19, the future looks quite bright for Kayode. Hence, the Gunners would be wise to move in for him this winter or at the end of this season.