Liverpool or Chelsea have been tipped as more realistic contenders to seal the transfer of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic than Arsenal.
That’s the view of former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick, who has spoken exclusively to CaughtOffside about Arsenal’s need for a new signing up front after the sad demise of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mikel Arteta recently removed the captaincy from Aubameyang, and the Gabon international has also fallen out of favour in the first-team altogether, with a new signing now surely likely to be a priority for the Gunners.
Vlahovic has been in superb form for Fiorentina this season, with the Serbia international admired by Arsenal, as well as other big names, according to a recent report from the Daily Star.
Chadwick, however, thinks it may no longer be realistic for Arsenal to sign Vlahovic given how much his stock has risen.
“It was a massive coup for Arsenal to get Aubameyang when they did, he’s a world class striker who’s done it over the years. It’s such a shame to see him fall down the pecking order, because an in-form Aubameyang in this team, the way they’re playing at the moment, you would say they’d easily be favourites to get that top four position,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.
Dusan Vlahovic may be out of Arsenal’s reach by now
“It’s so hard to replace someone like that … Arsenal are not known to spend a lot of money, and in terms of attracting players as well I think they’d have to be offering Champions League football to attract those top-end players. But if you add any top striker to this Arsenal team I think they’d score a lot of goals and enjoy themselves.
“They’ve certainly got the finances to pay £80-odd-million for someone like Vlahovic, but I think that sort of player is probably one they should’ve gone for a few months ago. His stock has grown so much this season and I imagine there’ll be plenty of suitors who are established Champions League clubs who’d get there…