Arsenal are still trying to sign Dusan Vlahovic in the January transfer window, as they believe a striker could secure them a top-four spot.
Ben Jacobs reports that Arsenal are still trying for Dusan Vlahovic in a January deal, though they need to persuade the player himself.
Fiorentina are open to the move, but a summer transfer looks more likely right now.
The Daily Mail had written that Arsenal would have to pay a £58m transfer fee and £300,000-a-week wages for the transfer. Jacobs claims Vlahovic isn’t asking for that much, and talks haven’t reached the point of wage demands anyway.
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.
On that front, Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal are a more attractive destination than many are making out. Speaking in his pre-Liverpool press conference, Arteta claimed he’d never had any problems convincing a player to sign.
“Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested to come here and I can say that situation hasn’t changed,” Arteta said.
“Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come, I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers, our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club, it’s something that is a big advantage for us.”
If that’s true, then this certainly seems like a deal that could get over the line this month.