The non-negotiable Mikel Arteta at Arsenal makes Dusan Vlahovic’s transfer decision even easier

There has been another twist in the evolving transfer saga involving Arsenal and Dusan Vlahovic.

The Fiorentina striker has been strongly associated with the Gunners, although as reported by, its representatives have so far refused to hold talks.

However, if we are to believe reports from Italy, it looks like Arsenal are going to force the issue in their bid to bolster their striker options with a deal for Vlahovic in the January transfer window.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the North London club has made an offer via the Express of around €55 million plus Lucas Torreira to sign the striker ‘immediately’.

It remains to be seen whether Fiorentina would be willing to sell their top goalscorer mid-season, even if they do get a player in return, but would Vlahovic be interested in a move to north London?

Well, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently revealed that the Serbia international has no intention of making such a move.

“Arsenal are more than interested, they approached Fiorentina two weeks ago about the prize and everything, but the player is not interested,” he said of Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE. “I have been told that his agents are not answering calls from Arsenal.

“He doesn’t want to answer to Arsenal at the moment.”

This attitude may not sit well with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who has in fact already outlined his only non-negotiable when it comes to attracting new players.

“The moment we mention Arsenal, you know what it means around the world,” Arteta said in an interview with Gunners legend Ian Wright in 2020. “Everyone wants to come here and we have a very clear idea of ​​what we are. .

Dusan Vlahovic has been linked with a move to Arsenal.  (Image: Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Dusan Vlahovic has been linked with a move to Arsenal. (Image: Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

“It doesn’t take a lot of persuasion and if they do it’s not a good starting point for me. If I have to convince a player to stay or join us. To Arsenal? (Arteta grimaces) That keeps me going a bit against .

“It should be ‘what should we do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values, the style of play that I want’.

“That’s the kind of emotion I want to hear in the beginning.

“And the same goes for the players who are here. What are the feelings you have for the club once you are ready? That really interests me.”

In addition, Vlahovic appears to have ruled out leaving Fiorentina in January as he wants to help the club qualify for Europe next season.

“I’ve said this several times so far. A beautiful football story is being made here in Florence,” he told Politika. “We have a good team, great football players, great support from the fans. It all deserves respect.

“Only God knows what will happen in the coming period. My wish is to bring Fiorentina to Europe, because we have not been in Europe for a long time. I do not know what can happen overnight. We will see .”

The aforementioned claim that Vlahovic is not interested in joining Arsenal puts an end to all chances of the reported £46million plus Torreira swap deal being completed.

While the fact that the 21-year-old himself hasn’t ruled out the prospect of a move to north London may indicate he doesn’t need much persuasion, making a transfer decision even easier.

Alternatively, Arsenal could turn their attention to Jonathan David or Alexander Isak to solve their centre-forward problem if they cannot reach a deal for Vlahovic.


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