Dusan Vlahovic’s decision to turn down Arsenal could have been simply due to the finances on offer elsewhere.

That’s according to lawyer and agent Claudio Pasqualin, who believes more lucrative offers from bigger clubs could have turned the Serbian’s head.

Vlahovic is one of the most coveted young players in Europe, with a series of impressive performances for club and country over the last 18 months meaning all the big clubs in Europe want him.

Arsenal have reportedly already tried to steal a march on the competition by meeting with Fiorentina and agreeing an €80m fee, but they still need to convince the player on the move to the Emirates.

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That appears a difficult task as his entourage are not interested in what Arsenal have to say.

Of course, that can always change, but Pasqualin believes that it is money which is currently ruling the youngster’s thinking.

“The reason is the existence of bigger offers,” he told Firenze Viola.

“Evidently, he has contacts, relationships and prospects with teams that offer more.

“Arsenal is one of the most coveted teams in the world, but if there is Valladolid offering twice as much, you think about it… I see the economic aspect as more important.

“The route he is following is based more on economic needs… but maybe there is Real Madrid behind him, and he goes to play there: it would not be shocking; he has the numbers to do it.”

On the general Arsenal offer, he said: “There were prospects in important teams like Arsenal, the negotiation would become serious and conclusive.”

However, if the will of the player isn’t with the Gunners then it’s surely best they move on.