Dusan Vlahovic’s representatives are stalling Arsenal following their €55 million (£45.8m) offer for the Fiorentina striker, according to reports in Italy.
The Gunners are in the market for a new striker as they are willing to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave, while Alexandre Lacazette could also depart at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Vlahovic has established himself as one of Serie A’s top strikers with 16 goals in 19 league appearances so far this season.
The 21-year-old has attracted plenty of interest with Juventus, Tottenham and Manchester City all linked with a move for the Serbia international.
Reports this week have claimed that Arsenal have already made their move by submitting an offer of €55m (£45.8m) plus Lucas Torreira for Vlahovic.
Torreira is currently on loan with the Serie A club and Arsenal are understood to value the overall deal at €70m (£58.4m).
But according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who was speaking to Sky Sports Italy, Vlahovic’s entourage are holding out for a bigger club than Arsenal who are in a better position to immediately win trophies.
Di Marzio also revealed that Vlahovic’s representatives were not even returning Arsenal’s calls a few months ago, despite the Gunners being the team who have registered the strongest interest so far.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina’s director Joe Barone has accused Vlahovic’s agent of showing a ‘total lack of respect’ towards the club and claims the representative ‘almost doubled’ his demands during negotiations over a new contract for the striker.
Vlahovic will have just a year remaining on his current contract with Fiorentina this summer and talks over an extension have been unsuccessful so far.
‘We don’t want to take the fans for a ride. Vlahovic’s interview was not authorised, a bit like Romelu Lukaku’s one at Chelsea,’ Barone said.
‘There has been no opening of any doors or different scenarios over the last few weeks, at least as far as we’ve heard from his agent.
“During the most recent meeting with [Fiorentina] president Rocco Commisso, Vlahovic’s agent almost doubled his demands, showing a total lack of respect for the club and the president.
‘I then met with his agent and the same thing happened. There were no steps forward, no progress.
‘We’ve been working on these negotiations for around a year. When we increased our offer, they continued to ask for more in both salary and commissions.’
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