Despite a number of reports shooting down the rumour, the Italian media continue to insist Arsenal aren’t giving up on signing Dusan Vlahovic.
Sport Mediaset report that Arsenal are still hoping to convince Dusan Vlahovic to accept their proposal to join as early as January.
The Gunners reportedly have an €80m offer ready for the striker, higher than the last one presented to Fiorentina. They’re looking to fight off competition from Juventus, but also now from Inter and AC Milan.
Fiorentina president Rocco Benito Commisso recently suggested they hadn’t received official offers yet, telling the media that anyone who wants the player has to deal directly with his club.
“I don’t know if Juventus are able to sign Vlahovic in January,” Commisso said.
“But I want to say to Juventus or Arsenal that we [Fiorentina] are the ‘owners’ of Vlahovic. They should open talks with us – not with his agents.”
The English media have been pretty clear that they don’t expect Vlahovic to join Arsenal in the near future.
The Athletic reported that they understand Vlahovic may prefer to remain in Italy.
That followed Goal reporter Charles Watts writing that there have been no negotiations, and Vlahovic isn’t even a target for Arsenal. The club are seemingly looking for a striker ahead of next year, but not Vlahovic.
James Benge reports the same, tweeting that Arsenal are not actively targeting Vlahovic, and there are no negotiations currently ongoing with Fiorentina.
It was Di Marzio that claimed Arsenal had met with Fiorentina to talk about Vlahovic, informing them they were willing to pay the Serie A club’s asking price of €80m including bonuses.
But Fabrizio Romano denied this, reporting that Arsenal weren’t in talks with Fiorentina.
Unlike the English journalists, Romano added that Arsenal were one of many clubs following Vlahovic’s situation, but there was nothing advanced.