Dusan Vlahovic transfer to Arsenal: Deadline set, Juventus offer of £68m, offer ‘accepted’

Arsenal have less than two weeks to seal the transfer of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The Serbia international has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium throughout the January transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad with the aim of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season .

Vlahovic has caught the eye of a host of clubs across Europe and the Gunners are certainly in need of a centre-forward given Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both in the final six months of their respective contracts. with North Londoners.

That being said, football.london take a look at all the latest developments surrounding the 21-year-old’s future with the transfer countdown.

Deadline set

According to the Italian exterior The Republic, the Gunners have told Vlahovic he has to decide whether or not he wants to join the club “halfway through next week” as the January transfer window deadline fast approaches.

Talks have reportedly been extremely slow, with little progress made and Fiorentina sporting director Joe Barone confirmed on Thursday that his agent had been difficult to deal with.

“Some English clubs have contacted Fiorentina, but there is no agreement,” Barone said. La Nazione .

“The English club want Vlahovic, but obviously he has other ideas. We are ready to negotiate, but he and his agent won’t talk.

“There was no overture from Vlahovic’s agent,” he added. “There was no communication [from Vlahovic’s side].

“I had asked for clarification [over the player’s plans] and I had told his agent to be clear with us. But there was no contact on that front.

major turning point

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Vlahovic’s stance on a move to North London may have started to soften.

The report claims the Gunners are ready to more than triple the Serb’s current salary by offering him a five-year deal worth €10m (£8.3m) a season which also included huge signing fees.

That equates to around £160,000 a week, which would make the youngster one of the highest earners at the club.

Juventus aim to hijack Arsenal transfer

Juventus have submitted an offer for Dusan Vlahovic, who wants to move immediately, Get Italian Football News have reported.

La Gazzetta dello Sport say this new offer from Juve could change Rocco Commisso’s mind on his decision to let Vlahovic go this month. Juve’s offer is €70m (£58m) and includes Dejan Kulusevski, who currently values ​​the Bianconeri at €35m (£29.3m).

Vlahovic will apparently be happy with a €6m (£4m) per season salary at Juve as Juventus are his preferred destination at the moment.

Juve are said to be unwilling to ‘pass the chance’ which would be a blow to Gunners fans who are demanding immediate transfer action following the 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Liverpool.

“You have to have a team of 20, 22 best outfield players. It takes time,” Arteta hinted after Thursday night’s defeat.

One of Arsenal’s main problems in the pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic could be solved if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves this month.

Vlahovic delays transfer decision

While Fiorentina have made their stance on the Serbian leader clear, Vlahovic himself seems to be delaying his decision.

According to 90min.com, the 21-year-old is in no rush to secure a January move and would rather wait until summer.

Until then, he will only have one year left on his current contract in Italy.

Fiorentina boss issues major update

Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Italiano has admitted he is unsure about Vlahovic’s future amid interest from Arsenal.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano after La Viola’s 6-0 win over Genoa, he said: “At the moment we appreciate Dusan here at Fiorentina, he is with us – I don’t know about the future.

“He scored a great goal today. I see him very motivated, he’s relaxed.

Vlahovic’s demands

According to the Daily Star, Vlahovic is in serious danger of missing out on a move to England due to his high salary demands.

It is said that the Serb would like a salary of £200,000 a week after tax, a staggering amount for a player who is still only 21 years old.

Arsenal bid ‘accepted’

Arsenal have pushed through an offer for Vlahovic, according to reports in Italy. According to OK Calcio Mercato, the Gunners offered €80m (£66.6m) plus bonuses for the Serbian striker’s services, an offer which was in fact accepted by Fiorentina.

However, that doesn’t mean a deal is imminent as in the same report it is claimed that he has already agreed to join Italian giants Juventus as a free agent when his current deal expires in 2023.

Gunners Lead the Race

According to The Athletic, the North Londoners are pushing for the Fiorentina star this month and are currently the ‘best placed’ of the Serb’s suitors.

The report adds that they could also consider turning Lucas Torreira’s loan spell with the Italians into a permanent transfer as part of any deal.

Opening bid made

North Londoners have now submitted an opening bid for Vlahovic, according to Italian outlet Corriere Della Sera.

The report claims technical director Edu has tabled an offer of £50million plus Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina.

Torreira is believed to have a £13m option in his deal which the Florence club can activate at the end of the current campaign, although the report claims the Gunners have decided to give it up in a bid to convince the Serie A side to accept the bid.

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