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Report: Arsenal want to sign 'the next Ibrahimovic' - five years after Wenger missed out

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According to a report from Calcio Mercato, Arsenal have joined RB Leipzig, AC Milan, Roma and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.

The name sounds familiar, doesn’t it? That’s because Arsene Wenger wanted to sign the forward five years ago when the Serbian was dubbed as ‘the next Ibrahimovic’. (Mirror)

Vlahovic stayed put at Partizan Belgrade until the summer of 2018 before Fiorentina snapped him up. The now 21-year-old has come a long way since, and he has been La Viola’s star this season.

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The Serbian has 12 goals in 24 starts for Fiorentina in the Serie A this season. He has been described as ‘a treasure of inestimable value’ in the report, and the alleged interest in him shows exactly why.

Along with Arsenal and the other teams mentioned above, La Repubblica revealed that Tottenham are interested in Vlahovic, while Calcio Mercato reported three weeks ago that West Ham are keen as well.

Arsenal will likely be on the market for a new striker this summer and Vlahovic is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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The Insider’s View:

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Vlahovic is brilliant with his back to goal. His hold-up play is tremendous, and his finishing for someone of his age is phenomenal as well.

His strength and ability in front of goal draws comparisons to Ibrahimovic, but Vlahovic is a lot more mobile than the Swedish superstar. He has been tearing it up in the Serie A this term, and it certainly won’t be a surprise to see him move to a bigger club this summer.

Arsenal don’t have a striker like Vlahovic at the moment. The Serbian will offer us something different, and that probably is why Edu, Mikel Arteta and co are keeping an eye on him with a view of making a move in a few months time.

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