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Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has admitted that the club are having trouble convincing Arsenal and Liverpool target Dusan Vlahovic to sign a new contract. Vlahovic was the subject of intense transfer speculation over the summer but eventually decided to stay put at Fiorentina.
Vlahovic enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2020/21, scoring 21 goals in 37 Serie A appearances for the Viola.
The 21-year-old’s form led to a flurry of interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
Fiorentina rejected a £51million bid from Atletico Madrid for Vlahovic’s services over the summer, according to Sky Sports Italia, and are desperate to tie him down to a new deal.
He is currently under contract until June 2023 and, amid an impasse in negotiations, Commisso took the unusual step of speaking publicly about the situation, claiming the club have put a five-year contract worth £34.58million (€40m) on the table.
“I don’t know if he’ll sign, let’s all just stay calm,” the club’s billionaire owner told reporters in Florence.
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“We’ve been working on it for months, some days are more positive than others. I speak to Dusan and he says he’s only focusing on the pitch and I should talk to his agents, then I talk to his agents and they say I have to speak to the player.
“His agent should come to Florence, he is the one doing the negotiations. What I will say is that this would be the highest salary ever given to a Fiorentina player, including Gabriel Batistuta and Manuel Rui Costa.”
He added: “I told Dusan that he is taking a huge risk not signing this deal. We are offering him a five-year contract worth €40m.
“I had to work a whole year to earn what he would in two or three days. I don’t know how football reached this stage.”
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Commisso was then asked if he was getting irritated by Vlahovic’s behaviour.
“A bit, yes,” he said. “Fiorentina are not just Vlahovic. This is a team and we want to keep concentrated. What else can I do? I would love to have resolved the issue already, but it’s not up to me.”
Vlahovic’s contract stand-off could be good news for Liverpool and Arsenal, who could be in the market for a striker in 2022.
Liverpool decided not to strengthen their attack in the summer and have a front line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino who are all aged 29 and all under contract until June 2023.
Arsenal, meanwhile, spent £150m on six new players in the summer, but did not sign a striker despite both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah seeing their deals expire at the end of the season.
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