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Arsenal target produces ‘extraordinary performance’ to show why Gunners want him

Michael Kayode’s latest ‘extraordinary performance’ shows why Arsenal are so keen as the Premier League giants chasing Fiorentina’s Serie A rising star.

If this was the biggest test yet of Fiorentina’s 19-year-old right-back – La Viola travelling to Scudetto holders Napoli on Sunday – then it’s safe to say Michael Kayode aced it with flying colours.

Barring one nervy moment, Kayode’s ill-weighted throw-in gifting Victor Osimhen a golden chance before goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano bailed him out, this felt like a genuine coming-of-age performance from a player who has had scouts flocking to Florence, talent-spotters working on behalf of Arsenal making frantic notes with every lung-busting run.

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Arsenal like Fiorentina’s Michael Kayode

“Extraordinary performance,” Fiorentina director Daniel Prade tells the club’s official website when asked about the flying full-back duo of Kayode and one-time Leeds target Fabiano Parisi.

“(Kayode) is unscrupulous. He has personality, he is not afraid of anything and is not afraid of confrontation,” adds coach Vincenzo Italiano, a man who’s name brilliantly translates as ‘Vinny Italy’.

“Above all, he is not afraid of these big games. On a character level, he is already ready (for Serie A). He has great potential. If he keeps his feet firmly on the ground, he can become a really good player.”

Some may argue that a ‘really good player’ is what Kayode already is.

Arsenal certainly seem to think so. According to Calciomercato, Fiorentina are leaving nothing to chance either, opening talks over a new contract which could extend Kayode’s deal until the summer of 2028.

Fiorentina stun Napoli in Serie A

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“Yes, I heard (about those Arsenal links). I also know that a year ago some German clubs moved (for Kayode),” argues Carlo Caramelli, who coached Kayode at lower league Gozzano, speaking to Sport Italia.

“These are all important signs of his progress. But, now, Mike must remain focused on Fiorentina and take one step at a time. I really hope that he continues to improve while maintaining his naturalness.”

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