Arsenal manager Edu has made an official offer for the services of Fiorentina top scorer Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports. Arsenal are believed to be keen to bring the 21-year-old to north London over the coming weeks as they ramp up their efforts to appoint a new striker ahead of the Premier League’s second round.
Arsenal currently face an uncertain future at the top of the field, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to become independent agents at the end of the season as is.
Meanwhile, there are questions about the status of exiled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has not appeared at club level since early December.
Arsenal have long been credited with having an interest in bringing Vlahovic to the Emirates Stadium, with the Fiorentina man widely regarded as one of Europe’s best young talents.
He has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this season and looks set for an exit in the near future after turning down the possibility of a new deal in Italy.
The Serbia international is said to be close to the top of the Edu shortlist and it appears the wheels are finally moving regarding an impending move for his signature.
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Arsenal have made an official £58.4m bid in the region for Vlahovic, according to La Repubblica.
The report claims that Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso is now considering whether to accept the offer or wait until the summer to part with his prized assets.
Vlahovic is said to have initially been happy to leave at the end of the season, but Arsenal’s insistence on a move has the potential to tempt him to switch in the Premier League before the January window closes.
Commisso lashed out at Vlahovic earlier this month, insisting he should be grateful to Fiorentina for giving him the platform to showcase his talents and develop into a top striker rather than considering a move elsewhere in the middle of the season.
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“He has evolved here, and he has to acknowledge, whatever happens, the club that has brought him to where he is,” Commisso told the Financial Times.
“The more I lived here, with this crazy sport, the more I realized how corrupt it was.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal star Paul Merson recently urged his former club to sign Vlahovic by any means necessary in order to fulfill their ambitions of establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the Premier League once again.
“They should break their budget to get Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina in the summer because it will make them title contenders,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
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“I heard Arsenal are not interested in him now and I can understand that. But he might change his mind if they finish fourth in the top four and offer him a lot of money.
Arsenal [could] Play it every week because Aubameyang will be gone, Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will probably go away.
“They’re going to need a scorer, Vlahovic to score. He’s also still young so he should get better and don’t waste money paying a 29-year-old on his way back.”