Arsenal are leading the race to sign Dusan Vlahovic this month, according to the always reliable David Ornstein …
What is the word?
The Athletic reporter delivered a new update on the Gunners’ pursuit of the Fiorentina talisman in a recent online Q&A.
“The area of ââgreatest concern at the moment is the attacking department as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future looks bleak, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are approaching the end of their contracts and Folarin Balogun is on the verge of join Middlesbrough on loan, which is why Arsenal are trying to sign Vlahovic from Fiorentina, âhe wrote.
“It doesn’t mean that a deal will be done, but they are pushing and my information is that if the 21-year-old is to move in January, as it is, Arsenal are in the strongest position for sign it. ” Indeed, they are considered to be the best placed of Vlahovic’s current suitors when it comes to both fees and salary. They could also consider turning Lucas Torreira’s loan with the Italians into a permanent transfer as part of any deal.
Edu must go on strike
Now it’s up to the Arsenal hierarchy to try to convince the prolific Serbian striker to move this month, otherwise they open up the possibility of missing him this summer.
The 21-year-old is enjoying a decisive campaign, having found the net 18 times in just 22 appearances, adding to his 21 goals across last season.
Such form has seen him hailed as a “complete number nine” by Serie A expert Conor Clancy and mentioned in the same breath as other elite young forwards such as Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
As Ornstein mentions, Aubameyang and Lacazette’s future is by no means certain, especially the latter, who is on contract at the end of the season.
This means Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of an addition to the role, and ultimately there won’t be a lot of better young talent available than Vlahovic, who is sure to leave La Viola in the near future.
Priced at Â£ 63million by Transfermarkt, the 6-foot-3 plant wouldn’t be cheap, but given its age, it would be an investment that would undoubtedly generate long-term returns.
Several other clubs, including some of the Gunners’ top rivals such as Spurs, have been linked with a Vlahovic decision in the past, so for Ornstein to say Arsenal are in the best position to sign him right now. is certainly a huge source of encouragement.
Many fans around the Emirates Stadium are expected to be abuzz with this development.
AND in other news, Arteta could finally wipe out Arsenal’s Â£ 110,000 flop by signing a ‘great talent’ valued at Â£ 16.2million …