Dusan Vlahovic ignoring Fiorentina’s calls as Arsenal chase late January transfer


Dusan Vlahovic and his team are said to be ignoring calls from Fiorentina chief Joe Barone as Arsenal try and secure their key January transfer target in the last week of the window.

The Serbian international forward appeared to wave goodbye to supporters following his 20th goal of the season against Genoa last Monday – and wasn’t included in their squad to take on Cagliari on Sunday.

Although that absence wasn’t thought to do with his future at the club, there could be a rift forming with Barone growing frustrated with Vlahovic’s agent.

Amid those concerns, Arsenal are thought to have bid £50.1million for the 21-year-old with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of favour and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract in the summer.

Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on December 5, 2021 in Bologna, Italy. (
Dusan Vlahovic and his team are said to be ignoring calls from Fiorentina

Despite the interest of the Gunners, it was been reported that Vlahovic would prefer to stay in Italy with either Juventus or Inter Milan, which might see him stay in Florence until the summer.

Per Fabrizio Romano, Barone told DAZN: “We’ve not received any official bid for Vlahovic as things stand.

“We’re open to discuss and negotiate – but we want Vlahovic and his agent to be clear on the future, as they’re not answering. We need to talk about it.

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Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina shows his dejection during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on December 22, 2021 in Verona, Italy.
Arsenal could miss out on a move to sign Dusan Vlahovic this window

“[We want] Clarity from the player and his entourage. Fiorentina have a future, a group, a support and a city that must focus on this season

“I would like to talk about Fiorentina because Fiorentina plays and I want to talk about the group that deserves everything that is happening, starting with the club.

“Every day we talk about Vlahovic. On this issue Fiorentina has not received any offers. We are open to everything but we want clarity.”

Mikel Arteta the Arsenal Manager gives instructions during the Arsenal 1st team training session at London Colney on January 05, 2022 in St Albans, England.
Mikel Arteta has refused to talk about individual targets at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta was asked directly about links to Vlahovic last week, and offered a cryptic response.

He said: “I am really sorry to disappoint you, but I am not going to be discussing any transfer rumours. I have never done it, and obviously we cannot do it.”

Before adding of the club’s plans for the window: “What I really want this month is that we have as many players as possible fit and healthy and that we do the best and maximum with those players.

“After we have a strategy of how we want to evolve and improve the team, and whenever that is possible we are going to try to do it. We all know that this market is extremely difficult.”