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Arsenal 'offered chance to sign Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic' after failed 2022 pursuit

Ryan Smart

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Arsenal 'offered chance to sign Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic' after failed 2022 pursuit

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic this summer, according to reports - almost 18 months after missing out on a deal for the Serbia international.

Vlahovic was a target for the Gunners and manager Mikel Arteta in January 2022, with Metro claiming that the club placed a £50 million bid to sign him from Fiorentina.

But the striker decided to stay in Italy and join Juventus. In an interview with The Telegraph in June, he stated that he knew nothing of Arsenal's offer - and only had sights set on moving to Turin anyway.

He explained: "Maybe my agent knows but I never talked to anyone about it [Arsenal offer].

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"I just had one club in my mind because Juventus is Juventus. There is nothing else to say. And now I feel honoured to be given this jersey. It's incredible every time I put it on."

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It has been a tumultuous season for Massimiliano Allegri's side, who were deducted 15 points from their Serie A tally after being found guilty of capital gain violations.

The deduction was overturned by an Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) panel, who determined that the case should be re-examined. It will now go back to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) appeals court.

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With the deduction overturned, Juve are back in third place in Serie A, which would qualify them for next season's Champions League. However, they have lost their last three matches.

For Vlahovic, it has been a mixed campaign. He has scored eight goals in 22 appearances, but has not been a regular starter in recent weeks and has suffered injuries.

Now, according to reports, he may be offered the opportunity to move on.

Vlahovic 'offered to Arsenal'

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According to Italian outlet La Stampa (via Tuttomercatoweb), the player's agents have offered the striker to Arsenal and Bayern Munich, with the German club are in desperate need of a striker.

It is claimed that Juve would sanction a sale for a fee of around €90 million - higher than the initial fee of €70 million they paid to bring him to Turin last season.

Furthermore, it is said that a failure to qualify for next season's Champions League would only increase the likelihood that the Serbian departs the club. Juve have two opportunities to achieve that goal, as they remain in the Europa League at the semi-final stage.

A move to the Emirates Stadium could potentially spell the end of Folarin Balogun's time at the club, with the wonderkid currently impressing on loan at Ligue 1 side Reims.

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His performances have attracted the attention of Europe's elite, and with a reported €35 million asking price set by the Gunners, L'Equipe claim that reigning French champions PSG have joined the race to sign him.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy / Insidefoto di andrea staccioli/Alamy Live News / MARTIN DALTON/Alamy Live News

Topics: Arsenal, Premier League, Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus, Mikel Arteta, Transfers

Ryan Smart
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