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Fiorentina chief deals huge blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic


The Serbian striker is reluctant to switch clubs in January (Pictures: Getty)

Fiorentina chief Joe Barone has dealt a massive blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic by claiming the striker is refusing to entertain a transfer this month.

The Gunners have made signing a new frontman their top priority in the January window and have been targeting Serie A’s top scorer, offering a package worth £50million plus Lucas Torreira in part exchange.

Fiorentina are believed to be keen to accept the offer and cash in on a player who only has 18 months left on his current contract, but Vlahovic is more reluctant.

Vlahovic has 17 Serie A goals this season already (Picture: Getty)

The Serbia international wants to see out the rest of the season in Florence while he would rather stay in Italy and prefers a move to either Juventus or Inter, with the Old Lady now launching their own bid to sign the 21-year-old marksman.

Vlahovic’s agent is also reported to be demanding a massive signing-on fee, while the player and his entourage are conscious that he could have his pick of clubs in the summer – when he will only have a year left on his deal – with the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona potentially joining the race.

Now Barone, Fiorentina’s general manager, has shed some light on the situation, suggesting the Italian side are happy to sell Vlahovic this month but he does not want to go, with lines of communication between the player’s representatives and the club practically non-existent.

Speaking to La Nazione newspaper, Barone explained: ‘Some English clubs have made contact, but there is no agreement yet. We are open [to selling] but there can’t be a deal unless someone [Vlahovic] agrees.’

On the lack of communication from Vlahovic’s representatives, he added: ‘I haven’t heard anything from them. I had asked Vlahovic’s agent to be clear, but I haven’t heard anything, no contacts at all.’

Vlahovic’s preference is to stay in Italy with Juve or Inter (Picture: Getty)

According to a new report in Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have made an offer to Fiorentina worth €35m (£25.1m) plus Dejan Kulusevski – who they value at the same amount.

Vlahovic is believed to prefer a move to Turin over north London, particularly because he wants to be playing for a club who are regulars in the Champions League.

Speaking about the prospect of bringing new players in, Mikel Arteta said this week: ‘The team are working extremely hard to get the players that we want and we have no news to give you.

‘We have a plan to try to bring players in and try to get the players we want with the right qualities and improve the squad in the best possible way every single window.’


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