Fiorentina keen to fend off Arsenal interest in Vlahovic

11/01/2022; 11:23 AM By : Steven D. Thompson

Fiorentina are desperate to hold on to the striker till the summer, while Arsenal may lose three of their forwards in the summer.

Fiorentina has a battle on their hands as they try to keep hold of their star striker Dusan Vlahovic, at least for another season. The forward has attracted attention from some of Europe’s top clubs due to his magnificent performance this season. The Italian club knows they can’t keep the Serbian player for much longer and wants to keep him till the summer.

Arsenal in for Vlahovic

Aside from Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and possibly Vinicius Junior, Dusan Vlahovic is the talk of the town. The forward has been prolific this season, attracting interest from top clubs.

Fiorentina knows big bids will come in and desperately wants to hold on to their star striker. According to recent reports, Arsenal is the latest club to show serious interest in the Serbian forward.

Vlahovic has also attracted attention from other Premier League clubs for many months. Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City are known admirers of the forward.

Reports claim that Arsenal may have stolen a march ahead of the others in the quest to land the forward and are seriously engaging the move. Various reports suggest that Dusan Vlahovic wants to remain in Florence until the end of the season. It is a desire that goes with Fiorentina’s interest as they don’t want to sell until the summer.

Football London also claims the in-demand forward is on the same page with Fiorentina, who want to keep him until the summer when they would be willing to cash in on him. According to the report, Fiorentina will likely demand a fee of around £63million for the player. Vlahovic has already netted 18 goals in 21 matches this season.

Arsenal’s options

Arsenal is limited on top quality options in attack and is looking for proven strikers to beef up its squad. The Gunners currently have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, with all three possibly leaving in the summer.

The current face-off between Aubameyang and his manager Mikel Arteta saw the Gabon striker lose the captaincy at the club, forcing them to listen to offers for the 32-year-old. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have not renewed their contracts, which runs out in the summer. It puts Arsenal in a precarious position and desperate need of strikers.

With Nketiah set to leave the Emirates, reports suggest Brighton, Crystal Palace and West Ham are interested in acquiring his services. Arsenal will have to go all out for a forward, but it remains to be seen if the Gunners will be willing to cough out that much on a single player.

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