26/01/2022; 7:55 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Dusan Vlahovic has been the subject of interest from several clubs across Europe. Perhaps, only Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland rank above him in interest generated.
Fiorentina were against the ropes in their quest to keep the young forward. The Italian club had held out hope to keep Vlahovic for longer but knew that it would take a miracle for that to happen. The striker continued to rack up interest with his displays in the Serie A every week.
One of the clubs that showed genuine interest in the Serbian striker is Arsenal, with the English club looking for a striker to fill up the gap for exiled Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. A January deal was on the cards, with funds not a worry in their pursuit. Vlahovic remained mum on the matter - indicating disinterest in coming to the Premier League.
Arsenal’s hopes may have faded with reports suggesting that the Serbian has an agreement to join the Bianconeri.
It looked like the landing spot for Dusan Vlahovic was the Emirates. Arsenal had been vocal about their interest in the young forward making waves in Italy. Fiorentina openly declared an interest in selling. All of that looks to be wishful thinking by the Gunners as they received a big blow.
Juventus have reportedly agreed with Dusan Vlahovic over a move to the Old Lady. It puts Mikel Arteta in a spot in his desperation to land a striker. With the Juventus agreement, the Spaniard will have to look elsewhere in his quest for a striker.
Mikel Arteta had ostracised Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang for indiscipline, leaving him short upfront. With Lacazette set to leave the Emirates and Aubameyang also looking to depart the club, Mikel Arteta has to get in a quality striker in the least to fill the hole.
Knowing that this is probably the last season for Vlahovic at Fiorentina, La Viola was keen to get top dollar on their striker. The only stumbling block to a sale was the striker’s interest. The club wanted to know his mind to allow them to plan accordingly, but it seems that Vlahovic desires to remain in Italy as he has snubbed Arsenal for Juventus.
Sport Italia reports through reporter Tancredi Palmer that both clubs agreed on a £56million (€67m) deal. The fee effectively knocked out any chance of Arsenal landing the prolific striker.
Fiorentina’s sportingctor Daniele Prade had said the club was interested in selling the player whose contract expires in 18 months. According to Prade, the club received some generous offers, but the player’s agents did not return with feedback.
Prade maintained that Fiorentina maintained transparency in dealing with Vlahovic.
The Serbian striker has scored 17 times in 21 games this season. No player in Serie A has outscored him.
Arsenal are back in the market for a striker, with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin top of their list. Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad is another player they are keen to sign.