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Report: Arsenal ready to make 'incredible' player one of their top 5 squad earners in bid to sign him

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Dusan Vlahovic in recent weeks.

The Gunners will certainly need to snap up a new striker this year.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract in the summer.

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However, Arsenal could look to bolster their attacking ranks this month, based on recent speculation.

And Vlahovic, one of the best young strikers in world football, appears to be a top target for Mikel Arteta.

Journalist Enzo Bucchioni has been speaking about Arsenal’s reported interest in the Fiorentina striker on Firenze Viola.

As per Sport Witness, he claims the Gunners are the only club that has made an approach for Vlahovic so far.

Bucchioni says Arsenal ‘have come forward through intermediaries’ to formulate ‘a general proposal, waiting to know when they can sit down to negotiate’.

The Gunners are reportedly ‘willing to pay between €70-80m (£58.5m-£67m) by including Lucas Torreira, valued at €15m (£12.5m), in the package’.

Bucchioni also claims Arsenal would offer Vlahovic a five-year deal worth €8m (£6.7m) a year plus bonuses.

This works out at around £130,000-a-week, which would make him Arsenal’s fifth highest paid player.

As per Spotrac, Ben White is currently fifth on the highest-earning Gunners players list, on £120,000-a-week/

If that wasn’t enough, Arsenal have also put €10m (around £8.4m) to one side for the agent, according to Bucchioni.

One major sticking point

However, ‘after the silence that accompanied it for weeks’, the Gunners’ offer has ‘now been met with a fairly strong no thanks’, added the journalist.

Bucchioni elaborates that ‘the answer is quite simple’ in terms of why Vlahovic is apparently not interested.

This is because ‘the offer lacks one of the objectives that Dusan asks of his future – to win’.

That’s why ‘it’s easy to imagine that he will go to a team that, in addition to giving him money, will also give him the opportunity to conquer sporting goals’.

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Arsenal aren’t able to do this right now. They’re currently ‘far from the top of the Premier League and Europe’, said Bucchioni.

However, not all is lost. The Gunners have until the summer to prove to Vlahovic that they can be a team capable of challenging for trophies in the near future.

Arsenal need to roll up their sleeves

It’s unsurprising to hear that Vlahovic is reportedly holding fire on a potential Arsenal move for now.

The Gunners have struggled on the league front in recent years.

Champions League football was once a regular occurence for Arsenal, but this year they’re not even in Europe.

That said, the Gunners worked hard in the summer transfer window to bolster their ranks.

And the Arsenal summer signings have done superbly over the past few months.

Arteta’s charges are just two points off the top four. Champions League football is certainly not beyond their reach for 2022-23.

And if they can get over the line, they’ll surely fancy their chances of landing an “incredible” player, in Fabrizio Romano’s words.

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