Arsenal are not interested in a potential deal for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, Goal claims.
The north London giants made a dismal start to the Premier League campaign with three straight defeats, but have since recovered with six wins and two draws from the next eight games.
They have made good progress in Mikel Arteta’s second full season in-charge, and it has recently been claimed that they could pursue a high-profile striker at the turn of the year.
Gianluca Di Marzio reported that the Gunners have an initial agreement with Fiorentina to sign Vlahovic valued at £68 million, but they still need to convince the striker over a winter move.
This has now been dismissed by Goal, who claim that Arteta has no plans of recruiting a new striker until next summer. Vlahovic is not among the list of targets for the Spanish tactician.
Vlahovic has built his reputation in Serie A in recent years. Since the start of the previous campaign, he has netted an impressive tally of 29 goals from just 49 league outings.
He has been touted to leave Fiorentina in the near future, having turned down a new deal beyond June 2023. At 21, he would be a quality long-term acquisition for the Gunners.
He fits into the club’s policy of pursuing young players with valuable experience, but his style of play could be a reason behind Arteta looking elsewhere for a new striker.
Despite being 1.9 metres in height, the Serbian is quick on the counter-attack, but he is more of a traditional centre-forward, who prefers to operate in and around the box.
With Arteta, we have seen the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tend to drop deep to link up with their teammates while holding up play when required.
Lacazette has done so with good effect in recent times. On the other hand, Vlahovic’s hold-up play is regarded as one of his weaknesses alongside defensive contribution.
The Gunners could lose Lacazette when his contract expires next summer. They could be eyeing a marksman with similar attributes while adapting their recent transfer policy.
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