Fiorentina is ‘desperate to cash in’ on Dusan Vlahovic, implying that Arsenal could complete a January deal.
ARSENAL could make a big statement this month by signing Dusan Vlahovic.
Arsenal could sign Dusan Vlahovic this month, with Fiorentina ‘keen’ to sell him while interest is high.
Mikel Arteta is said to be prioritizing a striker in his transfer plans, and few strikers are in higher demand than Vlahovic at the moment.
The 21-year-old has blossomed into one of Europe’s most prolific goal scorers at Fiorentina.
Over the last two seasons, he has scored 39 goals in 61 appearances in all competitions, and he has no plans to extend his contract in Florence.
And his physical appearance, combined with his desire to leave Fiorentina, has sparked widespread interest, including in north London.
Fiorentina wants to cash in on Vlahovic before his contract expires in the summer of 2023, according to CBS Sports.
The Serie A club believes they can get good value for a player who has relied on penalties and is outperforming his expected goals (xG), so a deal this month is possible.
Arteta’s striker shortlist also includes Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad, and Jonathan David of Lille.
Vlahovic, on the other hand, appears to be the main target, despite reports in Italy that the Gunners have yet to make an official bid for his services.
The fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, and Alexandre Lacazette, 32, are in their prime years goes without saying.
However, both players’ futures at the Emirates Stadium are in doubt, with Aubameyang’s captaincy recently lost and Lacazette’s contract expiring this summer.
Eddie Nketiah is a younger option, but he also appears to be on his way out, looking for more consistent minutes.
And Arteta has confirmed that the club is actively looking for ways to strengthen during this transfer window.
“We have to maximize every window in many different ways,” he told reporters, “with the amount of things and the way we want to evolve the squad.”
“We’re on high alert.
Because we know exactly what we need to do, Edu and his team are working extremely hard.
“Whether we can do it in January or in the summer is a different question that has to do with other things, but we’re there.”
“If it’s the right player and we can afford it and do what we want, we’ll talk about it and make a decision.”
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