Burnley Scouts Monitor Spartak Moscow Midfielder Alex Kral
Burnley Football Club could swoop for Czech Republic international midfielder Alex Kral according to reports in the European press. The Clarets have been linked with a move for the twenty-one year-old who impressed in Czech’s win over England earlier this month.
Kral currently plays for Spartak Moscow and only joined the Russian side on a five-year deal from Slavia Prague in September. But his form at club and international level has reportedly attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs with Burnley, Everton, Newcastle United and Brighton Hove Albion said to be interest.
However, having played for Slavia this season prior to joining Spartak, the midfielder is unable to sign for a new club in January due to FIFA regulations. Scouts in Attendance report that Burnley were one of three Premier League clubs who had representation in Russia to watch Kral for Spartak Moscow in last weekends 3-0 win over city rivals Lokomotiv.
Burnley will be seeking to strengthen in central midfield given that Danny Drinkwater who has yet to feature in the Premier League since joining on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day sees his loan deal expire in January. The Clarets also have Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood and Jeff Hendrick as central options.
Kral, began his career with Slavia Prague as a 13-year-old and gained first team experience with Teplice. He gained Champions League and Europa League experience with Slavia and his form caught the attention of Spartak, who he joined in September for a fee of 12million Euros, the second highest transfer fee in Czech history behind Tomas Rosicky.
Kral penned a long term deal in the Russian capital and is highly rated as a box to box midfielder with energy, creativity and the ability to play a number of roles. He was in the European Under-19 Championship team of the tournament in 2017, has seven caps for his country and one goal.