Arsenal’s pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic is still up in the air, with conflicting reports over the status of a potential deal.
The Athletic report that Arsenal’s top striker target for the January transfer window is Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, but they claim the Gunners aren’t making significant progress.
The transfer is considered complicated, and Arsenal aren’t substantially closer to a deal than a week ago, with the player’s intentions unclear.
Over in Italy, there are some more optimistic claims.
La Repubblica report that Arsenal have agreed terms with Fiorentina for a move, and are even willing to pay an additional fee to the player’s camp.
The Italian outlet claim Vlahovic is impressed with the wages on offer to him and is now considering the transfer.
But if all that is really the case, it must have been a very recent development.
Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone claimed this week: “Some English club asked us for Vlahović but there’s no agreement. We’re here, available.”
Fabrizio Romano recently reported that Arsenal were indeed trying to sign Vlahovic, and have been for months now, but the situation is complicated and the striker is planning to leave in the summer – not January.
Ben Jacobs adds that Fiorentina and Arsenal sources are claiming no official offer for Vlahovic has been accepted, and nothing is agreed yet.
Jacobs had previously claimed that Arsenal were trying for Vlahovic in a January deal, though they need to persuade the player himself.
He wrote that Fiorentina were open to the move, but a summer transfer looks more likely right now.
James Benge reports that Arsenal believe a new striker could put them over the top in the top-four race and Vlahovic is a long-term target, as well as potentially an attainable one this month.
But again, Benge adds that the main obstacle to the deal is that they have to convince him to leave Italy.