‘Second-tier’ Vlahovic told he was ‘sensationally wrong’ to snub Arsenal

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal target Vlahovic

Former Italy international Antonio Cassano believes new Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic was “sensationally wrong” to snub Arsenal this month.

Arsenal were heavily linked with the forward prior to his January move to Juventus. They have signed him from their Serie A rivals Fiorentina for around £63m.

Vlahovic scored 21 goals across all competitions last season and he has been in superb form during the first few months of this campaign.

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The 22-year-old netted 20 goals from his 24 games for Fiorentina in 2021/22.

Cassano believes Vlahovic needed to take an “intermediate step” to join Arsenal, Tottenham or Sevilla instead of Juventus:

“Juventus will not change with Allegri, neither next year nor in ten years,” Cassano said (via The Mirror).

“In my opinion, [Vlahovic’s decision] is sensationally wrong. For the type of player I think he is he needed to make an intermediate step to a team like Arsenal, Tottenham [Hotspur], or Sevilla, who signed [Anthony] Martial.

“For me, you know, he has always been a second-tier player.”

On Saturday, Tony Cascarino claimed that Tottenham and Arsenal have the “same problem” when it comes to transfers:

“Players from abroad look at the CVs of football clubs.

“We all talk about the CV of a player and of a manager. We can talk about Antonio Conte’s and it’s a fantastic one. And we can talk about the facilities at Spurs and they are extraordinary, but they haven’t got a CV as a club.

“They haven’t got a haul of trophies have they, they haven’t won the Premier League, have they? They have been close a couple of times and, yes they are an attractive proposition, they’re a great football club, but they are not going to win a deal ahead of Liverpool, 9 times out of 10, at the moment.

“It’s like Manchester United. They hogged the transfer market. And there were people, like Alan Shearer and others, who turned them down but nearly every target that Fergie wanted, they went because of Fergie and the success the club was having. It was an easy choice for players.

“If you’re a wanted player, lots of players get hijacked. Not everyone gets everyone they want.

“There are clubs who get spoilt for choice sometimes because a player is desperately wanting to come to you.

“The manager does have a big play in it. Conte is a terrific manager. I just think they are having a difficult time getting the type of player he thinks is needed and getting them over the line is really tough.

“It’s the same problem for Arteta. He’s got the same problem as Spurs have got.”