Fiorentina ‘desperate’ to keep hold of Arsenal-linked Vlahovic

Jason Soutar
Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic during a wam-up

Fiorentina are “desperate to keep hold of” Dusan Vlahovic amidst rumours linking him with Arsenal, according to reports.

The Serbian striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for a number of months, with Tottenham and Man City also reportedly interested.

Last week, The Athletic journalist David Ornstein said the Gunners are the ‘best placed’ team to sign Vlahovic and are ‘pushing’ for the transfer.

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It has been widely reported that the 21-year-old wants to stay in Florence until the end of the season, with his current employers also keen to hold onto him until then.

And Football London now claim Fiorentina are “desperate” to keep Vlahovic until the summer, when they will be willing to cash in on their in-demand striker.

He will likely cost around £63m and has scored 18 goals in 21 matches this season.

Arsenal’s current striker options are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, who could all leave the Premier League club this year.

Lacazette and Nketiah are out of contract at the end of this season and Aubameyang was recently stripped of the captaincy, meaning the Gunners are listening to offers for the 32-year-old forward.

Earlier this month, Darren Bent said that Brighton & Hove Albion are “crying out for” a forward like Nketiah.

According to reports, Brighton, Crystal Palace and West Ham are among the clubs interested in him.

As quoted by Metro, Bent has suggested that Nketiah would “suit” Brighton over Crystal Palace.

“The Palace one surprises me when they have Benteke and Odsonne Edouard. That surprises me a little bit,” Bent said.

“But Brighton, that is all they are crying out for. They play some of the nicest stuff. Danny Welbeck scored the other week, but his fitness has been an issue.

“Neal Maupay is like a patchy striker. He would have a period of scoring in three games here and then won’t score for a while.

“But Eddie Nketiah, all Brighton need is someone to stay in and around the box, then they will finish them off. Nketiah, for me, is a natural goalscorer, who will pick up them positions. Out of those two clubs, he suits Brighton.”