As part of the deal, the Gunners have thrown in Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira who is currently on loan at the Italian side this season and I Viola are reportedly considering the offer.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exiled by boss Mikel Arteta and free to leave the club as well as the contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to run out in the summer, Arteta has made his strikeforce a pressing matter.
Is this a wise move for the Gunners?
If a deal can be agreed for the terms offered, this would certainly represent smart business, with the Serbian centre forward worth at least £70 million on paper. When you factor in that Torreira’s market value has plateaued somewhat to around £12 million, this means Arsenal would be getting great value.
Aged just 21, Vlahovic has shown incredible maturity over the last couple of seasons and has a footballing intelligence that would suit the way that Arteta likes to play. With 18 goals in 22 appearances this season, it is the sort of return that has captured the attention of a number of clubs around Europe, including Arsenal’s fierce rivals, Tottenham.
However, the Gunners it seems, have pounced first, which would be a huge signal of intent from the north London side, who spent in excess of £120 million in the summer to begin a squad rebuild.
As a result, after a rocky start, they have become genuine top four contenders and adding someone like Vlahovic could well give them the cutting edge they need against the top clubs.
Speaking about his future recently, the player stated: “I’ve said it several times so far.
‘There is a good football story being made here in Florence. We have a good team, great players, great support from the fans. Everything deserves respect.
“Only God knows what will happen in the next period. My desire is to take Fiorentina to Europe, because we haven’t been in Europe for a long time. We’ll see.”
Any other business?
For now at least, if Arteta can get at least one striker over the line, that should be sufficient for him in the winter window, before reevaluating in the summer.
It is likely that at some point in the next six months, the club will lose all of their first-team strikers, which means more replacements will be necessary, with Arsenal also reportedly in talks with Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad.