According to Italian writer and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is not interested in a move to Arsenal in the near future.
Following his clinical performances in Serie A over the past couple of seasons, the Serbia international has been linked with a move to the north London side.
Vlahovic has the most goals and assists in the Italian top division this season, with 15 goals and two assists in 17 games.
Some of Europe’s biggest teams have shown interest in the 21-year-old, but Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur appear to be leading the way in the Premier League.
Arsenal are rumored to be looking for a new striker after Mikel Arteta axed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Southampton owing to disciplinary issues.
Alexandre Lacazette is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, while Gabriel Martinelli has struggled with injuries since joining Arsenal in 2020, but Romano has revealed that Vlahovic is unwilling to hold talks with Arsenal due to the Serbian center-forward’s lack of interest in a move to The Emirates.
“It’s true Arsenal have an interest in Dusan Vlahovic but at the same time we have a lot of reports in the Italian newspapers that Arsenal are prepared to sign Vlahovic in January,” Romano told the Here We Go podcast.
“At the moment, there’s not even a negotiation. The power of Vlahovic in this negotiation is huge. He’s out of contract in June 2023. He scored 30 goals in 40 Serie A games in 2021. It’s incredible. He’s very special but he wants to decide his future.
“He doesn’t want to open talks with Arsenal. This is why it’s going to be more than complicated. At the moment, he has no interest in joining Arsenal.”
Vlahovic scored 21 goals in 40 games across all competitions for the Florence club in 2020-21, and the former Partizan Belgrade striker has 46 goals in 102 appearances for Fiorentina in all competitions over the last four seasons.