Italian outlet CalcioMercato revealed a few months ago that Arsenal are interested in signing Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this summer.
The Serbian was one of the best players in the Italian top-flight last season. He scored 21 goals for La Viola and that put him on the radar of clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and even La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Corriere dello Sport revealed earlier this week that Atleti have agreed a £60 million deal with Fiorentina to sign Vlahovic. That felt like a blow to Arsenal and Spurs, but if the Serie A side’s president is to be believed, it will take a lot more than that fee for any club to sign him this summer.
Arsenal-linked Vlahovic valued at £85m
La Viola president Rocco Commisso told ANSA: “At the moment it’s really a difficult thing to discuss, because even I, as president of Fiorentina, do not have any certainties about this.
“If something happens, then the media will be informed with transparency and in good time. The intention, nonetheless, is to continue keeping him.”
Asked what he’d do if a monster offer arrives for Vlahovic, he said: “If we’re talking about €100 million (£85m), then I’d think about it carefully. The pandemic caused notable damage to all clubs, including Fiorentina. You cannot turn your back on certain sums of money just to be arrogant.”
Arsenal could’ve signed Vlahovic for just £2m
Arsenal and other clubs’ interest in Vlahovic this summer is no surprise considering his spectacular performances last season. However, the Gunners could’ve signed him when he was still a kid, for almost nothing.
Back in April 2016, The Mirror claimed that Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Vlahovic, who was just 16 then. He was already dubbed as the ‘next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’, and the report claimed that he was available for as little as £2 million.
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Arsenal decided against signing him then and he stayed at Partizan Belgrade. Fiorentina signed him in 2018, and now, La Viola’s president is dreaming about selling him for an eye-watering £85 million.