Arsenal consider it “impossible to negotiate a £ 68m move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic” …
- Arsenal were preferred to striker Dusan Vlahovic in the race for Tottenham. to oblige
- The Gunners had reportedly had positive talks with his side Fiorentina about a transfer
- But the player’s agents reportedly refused to take calls
- The Serbian international has also been linked with a move to Juventus
Arsenal’s attempts to win over highly rated Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic have reportedly encountered a bizarre stumbling block as the player’s agents refused to hold talks.
The Gunners had moved into pole position for the 21-year-old ahead of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who had been put off by the £ 68m price tag.
Talks with the Italian side are reported to have progressed well ahead of a possible move in January.
Dusan Vlahovic had been an important transfer target for Arsenal in the January window
But all hopes of an upcoming deal have suddenly stalled as the player’s representatives reportedly failed to answer calls from Arsenal.
According to journalist Gianluca di Marzio, who speaks on Sky Sport Italia, as reported by violanews, the Gunners want to speak to Vlahovic to explain their project, but since his agents refuse to answer phone calls, it is impossible to enter into negotiations .
Coach Mikel Arteta believes Vlahovic would be a good addition to his squad as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both in their thirties.
Fiorentina is ready to sell Vlahovic, who has turned down a contract extension that currently runs until 2023.
One possible explanation for Vlahovic’s refusal to speak to the Gunners is that he has already signed a deal with Juventus to join them next summer.
Milel Arteta’s pursuit of the Fiorentina killer has encountered a bizarre stumbling block
Vlahovic currently has eight goals from twelve Serie A games this season, including a hat-trick in the home game against Spezia in late October.
While Spurs could also be a cheap target for the Serbian international under Antonio Conte, Juve appear to be favorites to secure his signature next summer.
Conte would like to strengthen a Spurs squad that has only one striker with Harry Kane.
But with the English captain’s poor form being an ongoing problem, efforts to land a goalscorer in the January transfer window become a major concern for Conte’s men.
Juventus are now considered the favorites for the Serbian international next summer