Juventus beats Arsenal to Vlahovic, agree to $85 million fee for Fiorentina star

Juventus have agreed an $85 million deal with Fiorentina for striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports. GOAL, Sky Sports ItalyY Fabricius Romano.

The 21-year-old is perhaps the biggest attacking name available on the market this month, with Arsenal also heavily identified in this month’s rumors about the highly-rated Serbian international.

Vlahovic has scored 17 Serie A goals this season, after registering 21 goals in the Italian top flight during the 2020-21 campaign, and has drawn admiring gazes from across Europe.

What are the details of Vlahovic’s transfer?

Juventus have wanted to sign Vlahovic in January, rather than wait until the summer, and have agreed a €75m fee with their Serie A rivals.

In fact, the Serbian striker has chosen not to commit to a contract extension in Florence, forcing his current club to open up to offers at present. Viola sporting director Daniele Prade had stated that $79m would be the fee required to sign Vlahovic, although Juve have stepped up $6m to get their man.

The GOAL report also indicated that the striker is ready to agree to an $8 million per year contract, a report backed up by an earlier note from the Italian journalist. Tancredi Palmerieven though your report appears to present an inaccurate transfer fee.

Before the deal was agreed, Prade told Sky Sport Italia: “It has a significant valuation, above €70m, with no players in exchange and no payments spread over years. We received some very important offers, but we never got a response from their representatives.”

“Our doors are open,” Prade continued, admitting that an agreement was very possible. “I say this because we want to understand what he wants and what the agents want from him. We are also open to sitting down again to discuss the renewal of the contract. We are a club with an annual turnover of 75 million euros a year, so we can’t lose Dusan for nothing.”

How did Arsenal lose Vlahovic?

Arsenal were also pushing hard for Vlahovic this winter, according to a steady stream of near-daily reports, with the Premier League heavyweights eager for more firepower in their ranks at the Emirates Stadium. But the Gunners always had an uphill battle, as reports consistently noted that the player would rather move to Juventus than any other club.

Arsenal are reportedly set to part ways with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the next deadline passes, having left him out of their plans, with a suitable replacement recruited to counter his departure.

Ultimately though, Vlahovic will remain in Italy, where he will play in Serie A since 2018, meaning Mikel Arteta and the Gunners will need to consider alternative options.

The move to the Bianconeri comes as Juve look to bolster their attack after Italian international Federico Chiesa suffered a season-ending knee injury and Paulo Dybala continues to delay signing new terms in Turin. Álvaro Morata, for his part, is strongly linked to a transfer to Barcelona. Both Dybala and Morata are mired in poor form, as is striker Manuel Locatelli. Morata has just five goals in 22 Serie A appearances this season, while Locatelli’s return of three in 23 makes reading even more painful. Those factors made the striker a top priority in Turin.