Newcastle Scramble for Serbian 20 Year-Old Star

Newcastle are certainly being linked with many young stars in the transfer market, and today we are said to be interested in 20 year-old Fiorentina midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic.


Zdravko Kuzmanovic – Arsenal said to lead the chase

The Sun says Arsenal lead the pack, in the chase for this young star, and are expected to beat other clubs going after the youngster, which is said to include Newcastle United.

Born in Bern, Switzerland to a family of Serbian expatriates, Kuzmanović holds a Swiss passport, and was signed from Basel for around £2M a year ago.

Kuzmanovic has played 25 times for Fiorentina and scored one goal. He played 34 times for Basel making his debut in 2005, at the age of 18 and scored 4 goals. The 6’1″ midfielder has already played 7 times for Serbia and scored 2 goals for his national side.

Arsenal representatives are understood to have flown out to meet officials of the Italian club to thrash out a deal, which is said to be in the region of £5M.

We hope Newcastle officials are in there too, trying to get this player, who by all reports is a future star.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Mar 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    the sun has thorwn our name into the runing for the sake of filling in 9 letters in the article


    Mar 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    well as propably some of you know, I’m living in switzerland and I’m swiss. I think he’s a very promising youngster and would be a great buy!

    At least I can say that he played some good stuff whilst his time in BASEL.

  • James

    Mar 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    He looked really good against the toffees in the uefa cup. shame that aresnal seem to be at the head of the queue

  • Leo

    Mar 26, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    he has got a good record… its amazing, i said just yesterday that we have not been linked with enough midfielders haha… i take it he is a center midfielder…?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 26, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    i think its a good thing tht we are bein linked to the same players as arsenal, its a sign of ambition

  • Savic Vladimir

    Mar 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I live in Serbia and I know that Kuzmanovic is exellent young player.

  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Mar 26, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Kuzma has been pretty good for La Viola so far this season. Mostly tho as a right midfielder and not in the center. I would say that he does need more experience but has the potential to fill into a CM role in the Prem.

    He has the pedigree but not the experience and it does tend to show. For example, against Everton in the UEFA cup in the home tie he dominated the midfield and scored. But on the away tie, despite being on the pitch for the full 90 he was utterly lost (panicked?) and nowhere to be found.

    As Fiorentina fan as well I’d prefer him to stay at Franchi, BUT if he HAD to go anywhere I would prefer seeing him at St James’s; but I wouldn’t expect miracles from him

    I do know that Fiorentina has been talking about keeping him for next season in a RM and CM position. But if the price was right, Corvino and Co would not hesitate to ship him out for a nice profit.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 26, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Bout time we get linked with a half decent midfielder.

  • obamagic

    Mar 26, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    hmm interesting…. wat do u guys think of Michael Bradley from sC Heerveen…. his pretty solid CM

  • Hobs

    Mar 26, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s got skills very like Beckham on Football Manager 😀 Only bad thing is he seems to lack pace…


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