It has been a couple of weeks since Arsenal were credited with an interest in Fiorentina’s Serbian goal-machine, Dusan Vlahovic.
Calcio Mercato claimed that RB Leipzig, AC Milan, AS Roma and Atletico Madrid were all battling Mikel Arteta’s side for the 21-year-old’s signature this summer after his incredible individual season in the Italian top-flight.
Vlahovic has scored 15 times and has provided a couple of assists for Fiorentina this term. He is one of the biggest reasons why La Viola aren’t battling relegation, and it is a huge possibility that he will move on this summer.
The Serbian doesn’t look like he’s scared to make the jump to a bigger club.
In a recent interview with La Republica, Vlahovic revealed that he watches a lot of Borussia Dortmund star and world football’s current golden boy Erling Haaland, and he boldly claimed that he can reach the Norwegian’s level himself.
He said, as per AS: “I watch him (Haaland). I try to understand his finishing and how he moves. Then I focus on my strengths and weaknesses. Maybe it’s presumptuous, but with commitment, I can get to his level as well.”
The Insider’s View:
That is a really bold claim by Vlahovic. He’s only couple of months older than Haaland and is having a spectacular season in his own right. However, there is still a long way to go before he can join the group that the Norwegian is currently in.
A big move this summer could be exactly what Vlahovic needs. If he can score 15 times for a really poor Fiorentina side, imagine what he can do alongside the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka at Arsenal next season.
The 21-year-old certainly offers something different to what we currently have. He has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League, but with Fiorentina reportedly demanding £35 million for him (TMW), he might just be out of Arsenal’s reach, especially if we drop out of Europe.