Arsenal are reportedly setting their sights on Rokas Pukstas, an up-and-coming American attacking midfielder playing for Hajduk Split.

The 19-year-old has been gaining attention in European football, prompting interest from The Gunners.

Rokas Pukstas
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Arsenal are reportedly interested in American attacking midfielder Rokas Pukstas, who currently plays for Hajduk Split in Croatia.

The 19-year-old, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, has been making waves in European football and is now on the radar of the club.

Pukstas, who has played for the USA under-20 team, boasts a footballing background, hailing from a family of Lithuanian athletes.

His journey includes time at Sporting Kansas City‘s youth setup and a stint at Barcelona’s academy in the USA before his move to Europe.

His performances for Hajduk Split, especially his goal in the UEFA Youth League semi-final victory over AC Milan last season, have highlighted his potential.

This season, Pukstas has cemented his place in Hajduk‘s first team, drawing comparisons to Bayern Munich‘s Thomas Muller due to his knack for finding goal-scoring opportunities.

Croatian media outlet Slobodna Dalmacija reported that Arsenal scouts attended a recent Hajduk game to observe Pukstas, who impressed in their 3-0 win.

Despite signing a new contract with Hajduk last month, extending his stay until 2027, it is speculated that Pukstas might not remain at the club for the entire duration.

Valued at approximately €3 million ($3.2 million), a move for Pukstas could be a financially viable option for Arsenal.