Arsenal offered fresh Dusan Vlahovic hope as Fiorentina chief hits out at player’s agents
All you need to know about Premier League target Dusan Vlahovic
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Arsenal have been offered hope in their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic after Fiorentina’s president hit out at the striker and his agent. Rocco Commisso has slammed the ‘screwed-up’ nature of football and transfers.
The Gunners have long been interested in Vlahovic, who has stunned Italy with his goal record.
In 2021, Vlahovic equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for Serie A goals in a single season by scoring 33 times.
That form has earned interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. it is perhaps the case Vlahovic will even be the alternative for clubs who fail to sign Erling Haaland.
But Arsenal are seemingly leading the race at the moment.
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Boss Mikel Arteta faces the unique situation of potentially losing all three of his main strikers ahead of the 2022-23 season and will likely have a new striker top of his priorities.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract in June and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seems unlikely to rekindle his Arsenal career.
Floarin Balogun has been sent on loan to Middlesbrough to gain first-team experience.
And now, Fiorentina president Commisso has hit out at Vlahovic and his agent over rumours linking the 21-year-old with a departure.
“The more I live here, with this crazy sport, the more I realise how screwed up it is,” Commisso told the Financial Times, adding that he won’t be “screwed by players”.
The billionaire has previously told reporters that Vlahovic and his agent have caused confusion over who the club should speak to in their attempts to secure a contract extension.
The FT continue that Commisso is frustrated over Vlahovic’s agency, International Sports Office, wanting a £6.67m fee just to renew the player’s contract with Fiorentina.
They are also reportedly demanding 10 per cent of any future fee received by the Florence club.
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“We’ve been working on it for months, some days are more positive than others,” he said in September.
“I speak to Dusan and he says he’s only focusing on the pitch and I should talk to his agents, then I talk to his agents and they say I have to speak to the player.
“His agent should come to Florence, he is the one doing the negotiations.
“What I will say is that this would be the highest salary ever given to a Fiorentina player, including Gabriel Batistuta and Manuel Rui Costa.”
Arsenal are continuing to push to try and seal a deal in the region of £68m for Vlahovic, though the player is said to be ‘unconvinced’ by the project at the Emirates Stadium.
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