Edu risks repeating Arsenal’s £ 34million mistake in ongoing talks with Dusan Vlahovic – Tom Canton


Looking back, Arsenal’s summer transfer window seems to have been a huge success. The six signings made all had an impact on the squad and the pursuit of Arsenal’s top four.

However, Arsenal were looking for more than the six acquisitions made. Beyond those brought in, it was evident that a major signing in midfield was in the offing with Granit Xhaka possibly leaving for Rome.

There was a clear intention to secure a transfer for Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli. The Italy international had impressed with Sassuolo and the Italian national team at Euro 2020.

It has been reported that Arsenal have spent a lot of time in their efforts to sign the 23-year-old but the player has been reluctant to join him.

The 6e from July of last year, Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia told Juventus News 24 that the Italian rejected a proposal from Arsenal.

“Juventus will take him for sure. The boy said no to Arsenal. The formula is complex: Juve are doing everything not to take him under the obligation of redemption, while Sassuolo pushes.

“We are talking about a 40 M € operation. Ultimately, it will be fine: one way or another.”

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Despite this, two weeks later, Juventus’ agent Nicolo Fagioli, a player allegedly offered as part of a cash plus player swap deal by the old lady for Locatelli, confirmed that Arsenal have € 40million (£ 34million) bid for Locatelli rejected.

“Juventus would like to sign Locatelli and Arsenal have already offered 40 million euros,” Andrea D’Amico told Sky Sport Italia via The Evening Standard.

The ties have persisted and Arsenal now find themselves in a similar situation regarding Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

If Mikel Arteta brought Dusan Vlahovic to Arsenal it would represent a major blow for the club.
If Mikel Arteta brought Dusan Vlahovic to Arsenal it would represent a major blow for the club.

The Serbian has been the subject of a £ 45million plus cash player offer with Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, however, the player’s representatives are reluctant to respond.

“Arsenal, for example, his agents don’t want to talk to them. They think Arsenal is not enough for him and his career,” Italian journalist Di Marzio said in an interview with Wettfreunde.

Arsenal have needs up and down the middle with the latter being a hangover from the aforementioned previous summer window.

If they fail in their pursuit of Vlahovic and spend most of the window trying to secure the player, the Gunners could once again find themselves without the necessary backup.

Considering that Arsenal are in a race with Tottenham and Manchester United for fourth place and so few points between the clubs, Mikel Arteta and Edu cannot afford to regret their only opportunity to get stronger.

There are plenty of other attacking options left and it’s all about strengthening the midfielder after Ainsley Maitland-Niles left for Rome.

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