Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign 21-year-old Dusan Vlahovic, valued at €60 million by Fiorentina, with Tottenham also in pursuit.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal are interested in making an offer for Dusan Vlahovic. The striker will leave Fiorentina if massive offers arrive. The Italian club value their star forward at €60 million, which could be afforded only by English clubs, with Tottenham also vying for the striker’s signature.
Big things were expected of Dusan Vlahovic after his breakthrough season with Fiorentina. The Serbian striker scored 21 goals from 37 appearances in the league, putting himself in the bracket of top strikers. His agent Darko Ristic was present during the club’s latest friendly match, presumably to discuss his client’s future.
The agent was reportedly discussing a renewal with Fiorentina. He also wants to understand the valuation they might want to place on him if La Viola cannot meet their demands. The Serie A side reportedly want €60 million for his transfer, which outclasses everyone but clubs from England.
During the last few weeks, Tottenham showed an interest in the Serbian striker, with the Harry Kane situation bothering the north London side. Vlahovic was initially considered to play together with Kane, but now they might want him to replace the England captain if he departs for Manchester City.
Arsenal are the latest entrant in the race and could enquire about his value before making a suitable offer. The Gunners are currently well-stocked in the attacking department, yet Mikel Arteta would like to bring someone with a younger profile.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is also of high interest to the Gunners, although the departure of Romelu Lukaku means the Argentine will probably stay put. For Arteta, Martinez is the primary target, and with the striker now presumably unavailable, they might have turned to Vlahovic as an alternative.
Arsenal are also interested in Tammy Abraham, although his £40 million price tag might be a problem. Irrespective of which striker the club signs later, they will have to offload their current stars before. Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly on the market, with the club demanding £15 million and Atletico Madrid are showing slight interest.
Eddie Nketiah is also attracting interest after some sharp performances in the pre-season. With both those strikers entering their last year at the Emirates, Arsenal would like to cash in on them now and invest the funds onto a new forward. The next few weeks will determine if it’s Vlahovic, Martinez or someone else altogether. As for Tottenham, they will be in the hunt as well amid Harry Kane’s uncertain future.