Last week, reports coming out of Italy stated Arsenal have found an ‘initial agreement’ with Fiorentina for the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic.
The Gunners have become the latest club to come forward for the striker and on Monday, La Nazione explained the north London club are now in the ‘front row’ to sign him.
Vlahovic’s current deal expires in 2023 and he’s refused to extend his contract, which has seen him linked to top European clubs. Faced with the possibility of losing the 21-year-old, La Viola have already identified candidates to replace the star.
Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni, writing in his column for Firenze Viola, suggests Real Madrid’s Borja Mayoral, who is currently on loan at AS Roma, is likely to arrive at the club in January.
The Spaniard’s signing in the winter window could allow Fiorentina to be prepared for Vlahovic’s exit.
Bucchioni also took a look at the claims of Arsenal’s offer for the Serbia international and states the player’s entourage aren’t too keen on Vlahovic moving to the Emirates.
“From England the other day there was news that Arsenal would be willing to deal the Serbian centre forward for €80m, but the deal would not even start due to a sharp “we are not interested” coming from the player’s entourage,” the journalist said.
“If this were true and if other negotiations (Tottenham, City, Atletico) bridged by La Viola managers received a similar no, it is not excluded that once Mayoral arrives, continuing the transfer refusals in January, Vlahovic could end up in the stands, outside the technical idea of [Fiorentina manager Vincenzo] Italiano.
“Rocco will look for a solution until the end. He knows well that it would still be better to find a point of understanding perhaps by concluding a good transfer in January, or by agreeing a deal in January, with departure in June.”