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Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic expected to be in demand this summer

It isn’t often that a striker comes along who towers above 6ft 5” but can still play a good game. Technically adept and a wonderful finish, Sasa Kalajdzic is seen as the ideal striker for many clubs to sign this summer. Various offers have arrived for the Stuttgart forward, who scored against Italy at the UEFA Euro 2020 knockout stage. Having signed for VfB in the second tier in Germany, the Austrian failed to build on his previous form at first before becoming a crucial asset in their first Bundesliga season return.

The player, though, has been quick to say that he would be intrigued in looking at other options. Keeping Stuttgart in the league was the ambition, but such a fine season could see the Austrian offered another opportunity to play at a higher level again. Chelsea have been closely linked, with the Blues frustrated in their chase for a higher profile forward. Kalajdzic though would offer a player who is a threat with both feet as well as a dynamic presence in the air.

His excellent form and his physical prowess makes him an interesting target for many clubs, though it is expected that he will make a move to another German side as opposed to leaving the Bundesliga entirely. Links to clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and even FC Bayern have emerged, with the form of the striker not going unnoticed in his first Bundesliga season.

Will Sasa Kalajdzic be on the market?

While Stuttgart are unlikely to want to sell, having already moved on Nico Gonzalez this summer, they might not have much of a choice. The Serb-Austrian has been a wonderful presence in the league, and might look to push on with a move to attain an even higher profile. With Austria producing some highly exciting forward options, it is expected that the player might look to secure a better move to keep him in the limelight internationally.

Asked about his future, Kalajdzic said: "I don't think about it. I'm here, having fun with friends and preparing for the season. If something impressed me, I would do it, but that would have to come first."

It would be an interesting time to move, though, with the player the indisputable first choice forward at VfB. An exit might mean returning to the position he was in beforehand, when gametime was at a premium as he spent time with the German giants.

Expect some big moves to arrive this summer, though, as the Bundesliga yet again becomes a hunting ground for teams with more finance to explore. However, after scoring over 15 goals last year and contributing numerous assists, it is not expected that Stuttgart will be charitable when it comes to setting a price for a player who was so essential to their ability to stay within the league last season.

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