According to one source, Arsenal’s massive attempt to sign Dusan Vlahovic this month is unlikely to succeed unless the Gunners can sell a problematic star first.
The future of the 21-year-old has already become one of the most talked-about topics in the January window. While his near-goal-per-game form for club and country has gotten him a lot of attention, his contract status has gotten a lot of attention as well.
Vlahovic’s current contract expires in 18 months, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll extend it. Rocco Commisso, the owner of Fiorentina, stated in October that the Serbian had turned down a number of extension proposals.
Arsenal has expressed considerable interest as the year 2022 approaches. To recruit the striker, the Gunners are reportedly willing to pay a total of £150 million.
Following lengthy negotiations, rumours surfaced on Saturday that a reluctant Fiorentina had’reluctantly approved his sale.’
According to the report, the Gunners are willing to fulfill La Viola’s £58 million asking price for the star. The sale will set a new club record for the Serie A team. Furthermore, the £12.5 million cost paid to bring Lucas Torreira to Florence on a permanent basis will be kept separate.
As a result, the report indicates that the deal can go through once Vlahovic’s agent’s discussions are completed. To that purpose, according to La Repubblica, he is asking a £6.6 million (€8 million) fee to close the purchase. He also wants 10% of his transfer cost back.
According to Arsenal expert Paddy Kenny, another issue has surfaced on the team’s radar.
He believes Arsenal would be unable to fund Vlahovic’s massive cash package unless Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold.
Arsenal are looking to sell the striker after he was demoted from captaincy in December.
However, finding a buyer for the problematic striker is proving to be more difficult than anticipated.
In an interview with Football Insider, Kenny stated that Arsenal must sell Aubameyang before signing Vlahovic.