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How Arsenal could've signed Dusan Vlahovic for just £1.2m

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Arsenal were interested in signing Dusan Vlahovic long before he became a superstar for Fiorentina in the Serie A.

The Serbian has arguably been the best player in Italy since the start of last season. His brilliant performances made him a target to a number of top clubs across Europe, including Arsenal, who were desperate for a new striker in the January transfer window.

Vlahovic, however, decided to join Juventus for an eye-watering £62.8 million in the winter window (Sky Sports). It was always going to be difficult for Arsenal to match that, but if we could’ve easily signed him for less than a tenth of that fee a few years ago.

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Arsenal could’ve signed Dusan Vlahovic for just £1.2m

Former Fiorentina director Pantaleo Corvino revealed in an interview with Il Stampa this week that Arsenal were keen to sign Vlahovic in 2018, but his La Viola side beat the Gunners for his signature.

He said, as quoted by CalcioMercato: “I signed Vlahovic for €1.5 million (£1.25m) and some said it was expensive. There was no lack of criticism.

“I knew I was investing well and could not delay. Dusan was courted by clubs of great appeal. Some with much higher economic possibilities.

“Juventus and Atalanta were also following him in Italy; Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund abroad.” 

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The Insider’s View:

Vlahovic for a little over a million could’ve been one of the best bargains of the decade for Arsenal in 2018, but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.

The Serbian joins the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi in the illustrious list of players Arsenal have missed out on over the years and Vlahovic really could become one of the best in the world in the near future.

As for Arsenal, we need a new striker in the summer transfer window. Vlahovic, now at Juventus, is not an option and it will be interesting to see who Mikel Arteta and Edu will go for before the start of next season.

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