With the futures of both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah uncertain, it’s no surprise to see Arsenal linked with a host of talented strikers around the world.
One of those is Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and today there has been a major update on his future.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Di Marzio, Arsenal have met with the Serie A side to tell them that they are willing to pay €80m (£68.5m) for the 21-year-old and an agreement between the two sides is close.
However, the report adds that the player is not yet convinced and waiting for better offers to arrive.
Despite this, it appears Arsenal are keen on striking a deal for the Serbian international so we have picked out three things that will happen if a breakthrough is reached and Mikel Arteta gets his man.
Departures will follow
Whether Vlahovic or another expensive striker comes through the doors at London Coney, at least one of the club’s current forwards will most likely head in the opposite direction and exit.
As mentioned above, Lacazette and Nketiah’s futures are uncertain due to having less than a year left on their respective deals. Currently, neither appear to be keen on extending their stays.
Despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new deal last season, the Arsenal captain is now 32-years old and will be 34 towards the end of his contract, so it’s unlikely he will stay beyond that.
Folarin Balogun is understood to still be very much in Arsenal’s plans but has struggled to gain first-team minutes so far this season, so a loan move probably shouldn’t be ruled out.
Arteta will have something different
The addition of Vlahovic will provide Arsenal’s attack with something a bit fresh and different. Strong in build and standing at 6ft 3in, Vlahovic would offer a physical presence the Gunners have been without since Olivier Giroud departed.
The current batch of strikers at the Emirates are not known for their physicality and aerial threat, so it would give Arteta a target man who can be a real handful for the opposition.
With the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka alongside him, Vlahovic would not be short of goalscoring opportunities. Kieran Tierney’s dangerous crosses may also be found a lot more often as well.
There will be struggles
Despite scoring 21 goals in 40 appearances last season, it’s likely that it won’t always be plane sailing for Vlahovic should he make the switch to the Premier League.
He is still young and only made a significant breakthrough last season, so it would be wrong to assume he will bang in the goals for fun straightaway.
Not only will he have to adapt to a new country and league, but it will also take time to familiarise himself with Arsenal’s style of play.
In addition to this, Vlahovic still has much to learn and a lot of development to go through. One of Arteta’s main tasks will be to keep him humble and focused on improving his game – something the Spaniard did not manage to do with Matteo Guendouzi.
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