Arsenal lead in pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic transfer
Go back six months and replace Manuel Locatelli with Dusan Vlahovic. The flow of hourly ‘updates’ on the Italian midfielder only ended after he avoided Arsenal and finally signed with Juventus. There’s a new man in town in January.
The name dominating the headlines this time around is the Serbian leader, whose total of 37 Serie A goals in 56 appearances for an average Fiorentina side for 18 months is more than commendable. There is a reason Europe is on red alert.
Arsenal, however, are leading the way.
According to David Ornstein, if Vlahovic were to move that window, then of all the destinations most likely to sign him, it’s Arsenal. It’s an “if”, of course.
Arsenal lead Europe in pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic transfer with Mikel Arteta side most likely to secure January deal for Fiorentina striker
The club are “trying” to sign the 21-year-old this window to resolve his current attacking problem, with Eddie Nketiah a Premier League subject and foreign interest with six months remaining on his contract Alexandre Lacazette is due to leave this summer, Folarin Balogun leaves on loan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang someone that the club will have difficulty reinstating or changing.
Considered to be the best place of all of Vlahovic’s suitors when it comes to fees and salary (KSE to come), Fiorentina are keen to cash in when they can – as reported recently – as the striker doesn’t has more than 18 months to conclude his contract. As has been well noted, however, Arsenal are not seen as Vlahovic’s preferred destination.
Like so many Serie A players, the pinnacle of the game turns out to be that of Juventus, AC Milan or Inter. It’s Juve he would love, so he can continue to score devastating points in the division. But nothing is set in stone.
Interestingly, Fiorentina have loaned out Krzysztof Piatek, someone they believe would be Vlahovic’s replacement, but Sky Italia claims I Viola remain the club most interested in Julian Alvarez. Also a forward, the club looking to sign two forwards this window could indicate a potential move with Vlahovic.
What is very clear is that the Serbia international is the man Mikel Arteta considers his long-term No.9. The numbers are huge for a player due to his relative inexperience, young age, and with underlying metrics widely deemed unsustainable. . Summer was the time to do business, but activity elsewhere on the team called for action earlier. Arsenal is really pushing.
In essence, once the player realizes that Arsenal are the best club in the world and they travel with this group under this manager, they will be signing on the dotted line in no time.
If he categorically doesn’t want to come, then the trio of Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonathan David remain on the Gunners’ wishlist. Unless you really want to play for Arsenal, don’t bother.