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Giannis Konstantelias could be Arsenal’s own Eden Hazard

Arsenal have reportedly joined a sprawling list of suitors vying for a European starlet…

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That’s according to the Evening Standard, who claim that the Gunners are now in the race to sign PAOK wonderkid Giannis Konstantelias.

Other Premier League clubs are also credited with an interest, alongside PSV Eindhoven and Valencia, but a fee of £10m is being touted.

With an ability to play across the front line and in midfield, Konstantelias’ versatility could prove integral for Mikel Arteta, who enjoys free-flowing forwards who can interchange in their roles.

Arteta’s dream

Although the current crop at the Emirates Stadium is currently excelling, the future is equally as bright given how the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Emile Smith-Rowe are all under the age of 23 and thriving.

This move could further enhance that outstanding young crop, with the Greek teenager one of the PAOK academy graduates who led Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig to commend the “amazing job” that the club was doing.

In fact, what could make this particular youngster Arteta’s dream signing, is his likeness to Eden Hazard, according to Kulig.

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The Belgian winger is regarded as one of the most talented players to grace the Premier League, having scored 110 times and set up 92 goals in 352 appearances in his time at Chelsea. He was good value for his 2018/19 PFA Fans’ Players of the Year award, with 31 goal contributions in that campaign, and four years previously, he was named PFA Player of the Year.

In a separate tweet, the scout lists the strengths of the 19-year-old as “pace, acceleration, dribbling, technique, ball control, creativity, agility, flair”.

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These are attributes which could apply to many of the young attackers in north London, as well as the former Chelsea man, which could make Konstantelias a perfect fit for Arsenal.

In 13 games this season, the Greek gem has assisted four goals but is yet to score. In his breakthrough campaign at senior level, he has recorded 1.3 key passes per game despite averaging just 58 minutes per appearance.

That makes his 6.75 Sofascore rating all the more impressive, as he poses a consistent threat down the left flank for his team.

Should the 19-year-old make this big move to the Emirates, his career could truly skyrocket. If he is half as impressive as Hazard, he is sure to be a success in England should Arteta decide to sign him.