Date: 7th March 2018 at 9:53pm
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are set for a huge bidding war this summer as they look to bolster their midfield ranks with the addition of an Italian , reports claim.

Italian outlet TuttoSport state Arsenal are chasing the prospect of signing Benfica’s this summer, who has impressed on-loan with and is expected to make a move to Italy permanent at the end of the season.

However, Atalanta could then look to cash in immediately and Arsenal are interested in a deal, along with Watford, and West Ham- whilst and could provide competition on the continent.

Cristante has excelled in his campaign in Serie A, scoring ten goals this season and earning a call-up to Italy’s senior squad in October, where he made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Macedonia.

With Italy missing out on qualification to this summer’s , a major overhaul of the squad is likely and Cristante could develop into a crucial part of the Azzurri’s new-look side ahead of the push for the 2020 European Championships.