According to reports in Italy, Arsenal are lining up a January move for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbian striker has been linked with the Gunners on a number of occasions before. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah moving slowly towards the exit door, the media across Europe are constantly speculating about whom the club could go for to boost their attacking ranks.
With 15 goals in 17 appearances for the Italian club in all competitions this season, Vlahovic is obviously attracting plenty of attention and it would be foolish for any club with any ambition not to have an eye out for a potential swoop. But Sport Mediaset are saying that Arsenal are well beyond that stage and have already set aside €80 million (around £68m) to beat the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to the signature of the 21-year-old. However, they’re also saying that once a deal with Fiorentina is agreed, there is still the matter of convincing the player himself of the project under Mikel Arteta.
One thing that could serve as a boost, if the club are indeed hoping to sign the Serbia international, is that Fiorentina apparently prefer to sell outside Italy, if sell they must.
And it seems they indeed must – Vlahovic would otherwise be entering the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the season and he has already decided that he won’t be signing a new one. It obviously means that the window of opportunity to get a price which would represent the true value of his talent is getting smaller with each passing month.
Other names frequently being mentioned regarding the potential strengthening of Arsenal’s attacking line are Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski. One thing seems guaranteed – the rumours will only get louder as the year fails.