Arsenal Had ‘Observers’ In The Stands As Italian Teenager Stars In Just His 4th Serie A Appearance

Arsenal Had ‘Observers’ In The Stands As Italian Teenager Stars In Just His 4th Serie A Appearance

Arsenal had scouts in attendance as Fiorentina right-back Michael Kayode put in an impressive performance against Cagliari on Monday night, according to

The Italian website claims that the Gunners had “observers” watching on as the 19-year-old made just his 4th league appearance for the Viola.

They would have liked what they saw as Kayode got an assist, for a cross that was turned in to his own net by Alberto Dossena.

The Italian Under 21 international joined Fiorentina two years ago but he was only handed his debut for the senior team at the start of this season, and his displays have been turning heads.

Kayode’s contract situation is attracting suitors

Despite signing a professional deal when he joined the Viola, Kayode is reportedly earning just €30,000 a year, which is roughly £500 a week; a really tiny salary for someone who is now getting starts in Italy’s top flight.

With his contract set to expire in 2025, the fullback is due for renewal, and Arsenal could potentially exploit the situation to secure him for a low fee if he doesn’t sign an extension with his current team.

Why are Arsenal interested in signing Kayode?

The Gunners currently have a host of options at right-back, including Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric and Jurrien Timber so it is slightly surprising that the London club are taking an interest in the Italian.

However, Cedric is not expected to stay at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the season, while Timber is likely to be deployed as a left-back when he returns from injury.

It would leave space for another right-sided player to provide cover, especially someone like Kayode who has a great deal of potential. The fact that he may not cost a great deal may also offer an extra incentive to go after the teenager either in January or next summer.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.