Arsenal are ‘pressing’ for the transfer of Fiorentina’s Dušan Vlahović in the winter market, according to Calciomercato.

The striker has 18 months left on his current deal and the Serie A side have ‘tried in every way to renew the contract’. However, they received no openings from either the player or his agent. Therefore, the 21-year-old’s ‘farewell is taken for granted’.

The question, however, is whether La Viola’s star will look to change clubs in January, next summer or in 2023, when he will be available on a free transfer.

Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni, writing in his column for TuttoMercatoWeb, says the Serbia international’s agent has not let Fiorentina know when they plan to change clubs.

Fiorentina, for their part, ‘would gladly sell the player tomorrow’ to at least ‘try to raise cash’ and reinvest it to bolster their squad. Vlahović has 18 goals and three assists in 22 matches, and there are many clubs courting him, ‘starting with Arsenal’.

Mikel Arteta’s side and other suitors are ‘waiting for signals to make concrete proposals’.

Earlier this month, the Italian club took Hertha Berlin’s Krzysztof Piątek on loan with an option to buy. His arrival may convince Fiorentina to adapt a ‘tough strategy’ with their own player. Whether that will convince Vlahović to push for a transfer remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina chief Joe Barone has been quizzed about the rumours surrounding the Serbian’s future.

“We are ready to evaluate everything, all offers. If you want to talk to us we are here, but at the moment we have no signals,” Barone told Sport Mediaset.