Arsenal could intensify their pursuit of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic ahead of the January transfer window, according to Eurosport.
The Serbia international is regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in world football. He has netted a stunning 32 Serie A goals this year.
The striker is currently just one goal short of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 33-goal record, and should be fancied to eclipse the feat with two more games left.
Amidst this, it appears the Gunners are planning to intensify their pursuit of his signature, having already held talks through intermediaries recently.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future has been speculated after being stripped of captaincy, and it seems the Gunners are looking at Vlahovic as an option.
A deal will prove expensive next month, but the Gunners are likely to make an approach. If unsuccessful, they are willing to stay patient until the off-season.
Fiorentina could demand €60m next summer when the striker enters the final year of his contract.
The 21-year-old, who has netted 17 goals this term, has yet to make a decision over his future.
However, he has reservations over the Gunners. He aims to join a club challenging for the Champions League.
The Gunners have made the big decision to drop Aubameyang from the West Ham United clash tonight.
In the pre-match press conference, manager Mikel Arteta refused to rule out the potential exit of the striker. It won’t be a surprise if the club listen to offers in January.
In case he leaves, the hierarchy will be tempted to pursue a new striker next month. Vlahovic is deemed an option, but the Gunners could struggle to convince him.
After five years away from the Champions League, the north London giants may not be an intriguing choice for the striker, who is looking for the ‘next step‘ in his career.
Manchester City are also interested in the marksman. If the Cityzens enter the race, it appears a losing cause for the Gunners and they may need to look elsewhere.
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