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Dusan Vlahovic transfer breakthrough for Arsenal as begrudging Fiorentina ‘accept record deal’

Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina striker during Coppa Italia clash at Napoli

Arsenal have reportedly had a breakthrough in their Dusan Vlahovic transfer talks with Fiorentina amid claims the Italians are relucantly accepting a record deal for the striker.

The 21-year-old’s future has already become one of the stories of the transfer window so far. While he has turned heads with his form for club and country, attention is also turning to his contract situation.

Vlahovic has 18 months left on his current deal and it remains unclear if he will renew. In October, Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso revealed that the Serbian had rejected a number of extension offers.

More recently, though, Vlahovic has insisted that he will “never say never” over staying at Fiorentina.

As 2022 has come around, serious interest has emerged from Arsenal. The Gunners are in fact reportedly willing to pay a total of £150million to sign the striker.

Until now though, Fiorentina club president Rocco Commisso has been standing firm on the player’s future, insisting he will not be ‘screwed by players’ earlier this week.

However, Italian paper La Repubblica, via Metro, claim a major breakthrough has finally been reached. They report that Commisso is now ‘ready to let the player go’. 

Furthermore, it seems Arsenal’s £58m offer for the player is now ‘likely to be accepted’. The two clubs must now finalise a payments package. Indeed, the Gunners hope to spread the cost out over the five-and-a-half-year deal they want to give the player.

La Viola, however, are seeking more of a chunk up front. And the £12.5m deal to take Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina permanently will be kept as a separate entity.

Sale will be a transfer record for Fiorentina

Either way, the sale will go down as a transfer record for Fiorentina, easily surpassing the £37m received from Milan for Rui Costa in 2002.

(For those asking, Federico Chiesa’s move to Juventus is still classed as a loan deal. The final package though will be worth €60m – less than than the fee for Vlahovic.)

Arsenal submit massive Vlahovic transfer bid to Fiorentina

Arsenal submit massive Vlahovic transfer bid to Fiorentina

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In addition, the report claims there Vlahovic’s agent is seeking a £6.6m (€8m) fee to get the deal over the line. He’s also seeking 10% of his transfer fee.

But once these straightened out, the deal is – at this stage – well positioned to go through before the window shuts.

And finally, La Repubblica claims the Serbian’s ‘future is moving further and further away from Florence’ as if to underline the likelihood of the transfer.

Dusan Vlahovic transfer not only Arsenal aim

A new attacker is not Arsenal’s only transfer priority this month and in the summer.

The Gunners have a shortage of midfielders, made worse by Granit Xhaka’s straight red card against Liverpool on Thursday.

Arthur Melo has had links with a move to the Emirates Stadium. As such, reports on Saturday claim Juventus are willing to negotiate a six-month loan to the Gunners.

That will come as a welcome relief for Mikel Arteta, who has just one senior central midfielder available for Sunday’s clash at Tottenham.

However, Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes is also on Arsenal’s radar and Sky Sports has revealed the latest on his valuation and future plans.