“I don’t know” — Sasa Kalajdzic casts doubt on Stuttgart future amid interest from Man Utd and Chelsea
Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic has offered a number of Premier League clubs reportedly courting him hope after casting doubt on his future at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton have all emerged as possible destinations for the towering Austrian this summer, with each club reportedly in the market for a new centre-forward before the conclusion of the transfer window.
The Red Devils have so far failed in their attempts to bring former West Ham and Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic to Old Trafford, with current club Bologna rejecting their initial £7.6m bid over the weekend.
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Chelsea meanwhile are thought to be keen on bolstering their frontline after sanctioning the departure of Romelu Lukaku back to Inter on a season-long loan, with outcast Timo Werner also thought to be inching towards a return to RB Leipzig, whom the Blues originally signed him from.
Frank Lampard is also said to be intent on adding depth to his attacking options following to sale of Richarlison to Tottenham, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin could miss up to six weeks of action after sustaining a recent knee injury.
Each club will now be boosted by the latest comments from Kalajdzic, who has revealed he is unsure what the future holds for him, casting immediate doubt on his time at Stuttgart.
Speaking after Stuttgart’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig over the weekend, Kalajdzic said: “I don’t know myself how my future will turn out but that will become apparent in the next few weeks or as soon as possible, but I can’t influence many things either.”
Despite featuring only 15 times in the Bundesliga last campaign, owing to an early-season shoulder injury, Kalajdzic ranked in the top 10 for most headed shots, lay-offs and flick-ons, living up to his status as an old school target man.
Sasa Kalajdzic attempted more lay-offs per 90 minutes than any other player during the 2021/22 Bundesliga season.
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At 6ft 7in, Kalajdzic is a towering, physically-imposing presence whose ability with the ball at his feet belies his lanky frame, with the Vienna-born forward originally starting out as a holding midfielder and drawing early-career inspiration from Nemanja Matic.