Arsenal target Vlahovic completes £63m Juventus transfer

Jason Soutar
Reported Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic preparing for his Juventus medical

Reported Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic has joined Juventus from Fiorentina in a £63million deal.

The Serbia striker has signed a contract until 2026 to join the Turin giants, completing his switch on his 22nd birthday.

Vlahovic has hit 17 goals in 21 Serie A appearances this term and had been a reported target for both Arsenal and Tottenham.

Vlahovic, Arsenal and the fine line between ambition and fantasy

Juventus branded Vlahovic “a force of nature” in a lengthy statement hailing the high-profile signing.

Fiorentina had precious little option but to sell Vlahovic in order to realise a big fee for their most prized asset, given he had 18 months to run on his existing contract with the club.

“Vlahovic has coldness in front of goal, technique, quality and power,” read the Juventus statement.

“From 2020/2021, Vlahovic is the footballer who has scored the most goals in Serie A, 38, one more than Immobile and at least 10 more than all the other strikers who still play in our league.

“With 44 goals he is also one of only two footballers born since 2000 to have scored at least 40 goals in the top 5 European leagues, alongside Erling Haaland.”

Elsewhere, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be given another chance at the club.

The Gabonese striker hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the 2-1 defeat to Everton in early December with a number of disciplinary issues seeing him stripped of the Arsenal captaincy.

Speaking to talkSPORT, when asked if Arsenal needed Aubameyang, Parlour replied: “Of course they need him.

“But you’ve also got to show your dominance as a manager and say you can’t be doing stuff – especially when you have a young team.

“It’s not a good look for Arsenal Football Club.

“Arteta’s come down strong on him and now it’s all about the reaction, for me. I’d give him another chance because he’s that good and can score you goals.”