The Italy international joined Benfica from AC Milan for a fee in the region of 5.2 million euros in September 2014. His contract expires in the summer of 2019. In January 2017, Cristante was sent to Atalanta on 18-months-long loan.
Bryan Cristante made 46 appearances across all competitions for Atalanta, scoring 13 goals and supplying four assists in return.
The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Italy.
Bryan Cristante has represented Italy at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 31 caps and scoring seven goals, before making his senior international debut in October 2017. As a member of Italy national football team, Cristante won one cap.
The Italy international has impressed in Serie A this season and is starting to attract the interest of bigger clubs.
The Arsenal manager is in the market for a new midfielder when the transfer window reopens.
Arsène Wenger will reportedly be handed a huge transfer kitty this summer and the Atalanta midfielder is thought to be among the manager’s priorities.
, “Atalanta have the option to buy him from Benfica for just €4m, but have already set his price-tag at €30m, hoping to spark a bidding war this summer. According to the latest reports, Arsenal are also now interested in purchasing Cristante, impressed by his performances in Serie A and the Europa League. They are the second Premier League side to be linked after Liverpool, but in Serie A the clubs making an approach include Juventus, Inter, Lazio and Napoli.”
Atalanta are preparing to sell their midfielder should they receive a massive offer for him.
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Signing the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Arsène Wenger.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Arsenal.
If he turns out to be a star like many expect, it could be one of the club’s smartest transfers.