Arsenal eye £5 million striker Dino Klapija for January transfer


The £5 million-rated player is also on the radar of other top European clubs, setting the stage for a competitive race for his signature.

Arsenal are considering a potential January move for 16-year-old striker Dino Klapija, who is valued at £5 million.

Klapija has gained attention for his performances at youth level for both the USA and Croatia, and currently plays for NK Kustosija.

Mikel Arteta‘s scouting team have been closely watching Klapija’s recent games as his reputation continues to rise.

Born in North Hempstead, USA, Klapija initially began his football journey at New York City’s academy before moving back to Croatia with his family.

He has dual citizenship and was recently called up for a training camp by the USA U17s, ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Indonesia next month.

Klapija is known for his agility, strength, and finishing ability with both feet, as well as his prowess on set pieces.

These attributes have not only piqued Arsenal‘s interest but have also garnered attention from a range of top European clubs.

Manchester United have also shown interest in the young striker, but it is understood that Arsenal’s potential offer has particularly caught Klapija’s attention.

Klapija’s family are also reportedly evaluating all options, taking into consideration not just football prospects but also his educational needs. Among the interested parties, Arsenal’s developmental pathway is believed to hold a strong appeal for Klapija and his family.

Arsenal are not alone in their pursuit, however, as other major clubs like Chelsea, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Dortmund are also in the race.

In particular, Bundesliga giants Leipzig and Dortmund are keen to enter into talks for a potential deal as early as November.

NK Kustosija has a solid track record of nurturing young talent. Past graduates include Wolfsburg‘s Lovro Majer and Mislav Orsic, who now plays for Trabzonspor.

The Croatian club also recently sold 19-year-old centre-back Mikayil Faye to Barcelona.

The interest from multiple high-profile clubs places Klapija in a favourable but challenging position, as he and his family must make a decision that will shape not only his football career but also his personal development.

Yet, it is Arsenal’s project and pathway that are currently believed to hold significant allure for the young striker.

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