Report: Arsenal ‘looking closely’ at £59.6m striker with 11 goals in 14 games

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Arsenal aren’t short of strikers with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah at their disposal, but Dean Jones of Eurosport says they’re looking to add to their attack.

The Gunners are reportedly ‘looking closely’ at Dusan Vlahovic who has been in fantastic form in Serie A. Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are also showing an interest in the 21-year-old, however, so Arsenal have stiff competition to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Vlahovic joined Fiorentina on a five-year deal from Partizan in 2018 and has gone on to make 99 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals with six assists. The Serbian international, who has seven goals in 14 games for his country, is enjoying the best 18 months of his career.

He scored 21 goals in 37 Serie A games last season and has 11 goals in 14 Serie A games this campaign, so it’s easy to see why Arsenal want him. Vlahovic has two years remaining on his contract at Stadio Artemio Franchi and is not planning on signing a new deal, so Fiorentina are resigned to losing him.

Jones says the 21-year-old has an €80m (£68.1m) release clause but Fiorentina might accept closer to €70m (£59.6m). The Violas won’t want to risk losing Vlahovic for free in 2023, so they will want a sale while his value is high. And with so many suitors for the striker, next summer could lead to a bidding war.

It’s unlikely he’d be sold in January as Fiorentina would have only weeks to replace one of the most prolific centre-forwards in Europe before the window shuts, so Arsenal and others might have to wait until the end of the season.

Nevertheless, Vlahovic looks like he’d be worth the money given he’s bagged 32 goals in his last 49 league outings. Arsenal can’t offer European football, however, so they might need to improve their standing before landing a big name like the Serbian.