Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with Dušan Vlahović and earlier reports have indicated the Gunners tabled a proposal of €80m for the Fiorentina star.
On Wednesday, Corriere Fiorentino reported the north London club have ‘raised the offer’, but the striker isn’t in favour of moving to the Emirates.
Journalist Enzo Bucchioni, writing in his column for Firenze Viola, explains the 21-year-old’s agent has met the Serie A side’s leaders. The possibility of the player signing a new deal has been ruled out as there is no going back on his decision not to renew.
The Serbian will not accept a transfer in January and wants to wait until the end of the season to get a move. La Viola, on the other hand, intend to sell their prized asset in the winter market. This could result in ‘another tug-of-war’ between the two parties.
If there is an ‘indispensable proposal’ in January, Fiorentina are determined to carry out negotiations, even if there is no approval of the player. The deal is unlikely to be take shape, but it is one way for the Italian club to make their stance public.
Rocco Commisso could decide to retain Vlahović until 2023, when his current deal expires, and not let him leave next summer, if the attacker decides against a transfer next month. While there is a ‘tug-of-war’ between the two parties, an ‘auction is looming’, involving top European clubs.
Bayern Munich are the latest club to knock on Fiorentina’s door for the striker. Bucchioni claims the Bundesliga winners are ‘active’ and are ‘ready to overcome’ the offer made by Arsenal.
Bayern’s willingness to surpass the offer made by Mikel Arteta’s side will make it difficult for Arsenal to sign Vlahović.