Arsenal have been left angry after being played over Dusan Vlahovic’s transfer to Juventus, but they do have a short-list of striker targets of which two play in the Premier League.
Vlahovic arrived in Turin on Friday morning to undergo a medical and rubberstamp his move from Fiorentina. Juve have a agreed a €70m plus deal, with €5m add ons. The 22-year-old, who was being chased hard by the Gunners, will earn €7m per season.
ESPN report that Arsenal are angry with the player’s representatives and believe their interest was used as a smokescreen by Vlahovic’s camp to get a move to Juventus.
The transfer prompted an angry reaction among Fiorentina fans given their longstanding rivalry with Juventus.
It leaves the Gunners desperately hunting for a striker with Monday’s transfer deadline closing in.
Mikel Arteta is particularly light in attack after ostracising Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for off-the-field matters.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both of contract in the summer and both likely to leave. Although Arteta has stated that Nketiah will not be allowed to move before the deadline.
Arteta travelled to the US earlier this week to talk to owner Stan Kroenke. And investment in the team will surely have been brought to the table by the Gunners boss.
Here’s Dusan Vlahović set to undergo his medical as new Juventus player. Top deal for €70m plus €5m add ons, €7m per season to the player. #Vlahovic
Official statement now ready. Shirt number expected, 28.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2022
Th club have identified a list of striking targets, report ESPN.
Arsenal transfer interest in Premier League pair
Lille forward Jonathan David is believed to be pretty high up that list. The problem with any such deal is that the Ligue 1 side want to wait and sell the 22-year-old in the summer. Both Chelsea and Spurs are also keen on David.
Two England strikers also appear on that list, but both will be very hard to land this month.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins are names “that have been discussed”.
But such is the dire situation at Goodison Park, a sale of Calvert-Lewin would be disastrous. While Steven Gerrard is a huge fan on Watkins’ and he has been a regular since Gerrard took over at Villa Park.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with him for three weeks and I’m looking forward to the future. I am delighted to have him here,” said Gerrard last month.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is also a name on Arsenal’s wanted list. Meanwhile Alexander Isak’s €90m release at Real Sociedad makes him a no-go.
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