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Dusan Vlahovic: 'I can't wait ', Fiorentina manager confirms Arsenal's fate again

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Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Italiano has confirmed that it would be difficult for Arsenal to land their target Dusan Vlahovic in this January transfer window.

This is as he claimed that ‘nothing has changed’ and he ‘can’t wait’ for the January transfer window to close amid incessant rumours linking the striker with Arsenal.

The Gunners are keen on a striker and Vlahovic is a major target with a £50 million offer reportedly submitted for his signature.

It is understood that the Italian outfit were interested in cashing in on the young striker but the player himself insisted that he would remain as he doesn’t fancy a move in January.

However, the club manager confirmed no deal is happening and wants speculations to end.

‘We can’t wait for this transfer window to end. Playing in the middle of the transfer market is always very complicated,’ Fiorentina manager Italiano said ahead of the side’s clash with Cagliari.

‘How have I seen Dusan in these last few days? He produced a good performance against Genoa, despite the missed penalty, and immediately redeemed himself with the goal.

‘I see the same Vlahovic, every single day. We’ve lots of rumours about his future, but nothing has changed for us.’

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Granit Xhaka could be on his way out of Arsenal anytime from now after claiming he will not change his style of play.

The Swiss international recently received his 5th red card as an Arsenal player against Liverpool, a development that has severally put the team in tight corners.

With the recent marching order against Liverpool, Mikel Arteta is forced to be in the market for a new midfielder knowing that he is short of options.

A number of pundits and former players have asked manager Mikel Arteta to do away with the midfielder but that could happen soon as he said in an interview, that he is not willing to change his style of play that has cost the team severally.

‘It’s not like I’m planning this,’ Xhaka said in an interview Sky Sports. ‘It’s not like I’m doing this on purpose.

‘But sometimes, I am in a position where I have to take a 50:50. It’s risky, of course. Now people will say, “Yeah, but why do you always [take] risks?”

‘This is who I am. I can’t change myself from today to tomorrow. Of course, I need to improve and I know I need to improve.

‘But in this moment, if Jota takes the ball and he scores, they will say again, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’ Now, I stop him, they say, ‘Why do you get the red card?’

‘In the end, after the game, everyone is smarter than in the moment – myself as well. Of course, when I see it back now and say, ‘Do I need to go into the duel or not?’ No.’

BBC pundit Don Hutchinson has has told Liverpool to go ahead of Arsenal in the chase of Ousmane Dembele who is set to leave Barcelona this January transfer window.

The North London outfit want another forward as Nicolas Pepe has not been consistent with his performances. A replacement is now needed with Ousmane Dembele now available.

The Frenchman has been a long-term target for the North London outfit but he has been relunctant to part ways with the Spanish giants

Now the Barcelona winger is out of contract this summer, and has supposedly told his club that he is unwilling to accept their offer of an extension.

He will be an option for Arsenal but the pundit urged Liverpool to make haste and secure his signature, stressing that he is needed more at Anfield.

“If I was Liverpool I would (go for Dembele). If I was Arsenal I’m thinking I could get more out of Pepe, they’re two similar players. The trouble with Dembele is that he’s not been fit enough at Barca, he’s a wonderful talent, he certainly was at Dortmund,” Hutchinson said on BBC 5 Live Football Daily podcast.

“If Arsenal threw their money at Dembele I think it would be a risk, but if Liverpool did it he’d be a squad player who’d have to fight for his position.”

Arthur Melo is a top midfield target for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is keen on a midfielder in this January winter transfer window.

This became necessary when he sent out Ainsley Maitland Niles on loan to AS Roma and Granit Xhaka receiving a red card.

Reports had claimed that Arsenal were closing on a deal for Arthur Melo and a deal could happen anytime from now. Some reports claimed he would be the first January signing.

However, Juventus manager Max Allegri confirmed that the reports are false as he said Melo is a Juventus player who is an important member of his team.

He stressed that the 25-year-old will not be leaving the club.

“This is our team and we’re not going to change anything. Arthur’s part of the Brazil national team, he’s an important player,” Allegri said ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is the only midfielder who has been confirmed to part ways with the Italian Serie A outfit as the manager said he is already out of his team.

Allegri revealed that he expects the 31-year-old to depart imminently, saying; “Aaron’s not with the team as he’s set to leave the club.”

Arsenal fans were earlier disappointed after reading that Dusan Vlahovic is not willing to part ways with Fiorentina in this January transfer window but with the latest report, they could be disappointed again.

He is top target for the Gunners with £50 million reportedly submitted for his deal after a club chief confirmed he is receiving interest from English Premier League sides.

Fiorentina manager also recently confirmed that Vlahovic is not leaving the club this January, stressing that he can’t wait to have the window end so as to stop all speculations.

Now the latest report from Italy says the young striker prefers a move to English Premier League leaders Man City despite receiving offers from Arsenal.

City, however, are also interested in knowing Erling Haaland’s availability as Borussia Dortmund could be open to selling the 21-year-old this summer.

Speaking to La Nazione this week, Fiorentina’s director Barone revealed: ‘Some English clubs have made contact, but there is no agreement yet. We are open [to selling] but there can’t be a deal unless someone [Vlahovic] agrees.’

On the lack of communication from Vlahovic’s entourage, he said: ‘I haven’t heard anything from them. I had asked Vlahovic’s agent to be clear, but I haven’t heard anything, no contacts at all.’

The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal could be determined soon as Paul Merson sends transfer messages to manager Mikel Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been away from Arsenal Team for a while and has been obviously embattled as a result of his experience with the Gabon national team at the African Nations Cup.

Reports claim he could be sold this January transfer window but then, it could be determined soon as Paul Merson tells Arteta to ensure the former Borussia Dortmund striker is not sold if he cannot sign another striker.

He said: ‘You’ve got to get someone in. Arsenal need a centre forward badly next season. No (I can’t see him playing again for Arsenal) not for me. I think Arteta has already laid that one out, he’s chopped his nose off there.

‘He’s hung him out there to dry, it’s going to be some going by the lad to come back. It could do (impact their top four hopes).

‘Not saying Aubameyang is going to get them in the top four though but they do need a centre forward.

‘Aubameyang on form could get them there. I always think pick your best players but what’s gone on between the pair of them the manager and him needs to be sorted out first.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has made it clear he admires Gunners target Youri Tielemans.

The North London outfit are keen on a midfielder and have identified Youri Tielemans as a possible deal.

One man who is a huge admirer of Tielemans is Arsenal legend Ian Wright. Back in 2019, Wright was full of praise for the former AS Monaco midfielder.

“Then there is Youri Tielemans. He came over from Monaco. He’s on loan at Leicester City and he’s someone that – well there are loads of teams linked with him – but he’s someone that you’d want to have,” Wright said to The Mirror.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers recently admitted that the player could leave and a replacement could be necessary.

When asked if Leicester have to plan for Tielemans leaving the King Power, Rodgers replied: “You always have to, that is key. I have said if before about the pipeline of players.

“You always have to be looking ahead, that’s important. Sometimes it happens unexpectedly, other times you know where the situation is at.

“He is at an age and a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option. I would love it to be here at Leicester, but I understand it’s a very short career.

“For players, it’s about ambition, the challenge and sometimes about a different environment. We have seen before that players will move on even after winning the Champions League.

“We have a close relationship, it’s really strong. I made a commitment to him when I first came in that we would improve him as a player and he believes in the environment.

“Once the players are committed, focused and professional it’s never a worry for me. You can see Youri loves being here and you have to respect these guys’ careers are short.”

“Youri is very happy here,” he added. “He has clearly developed and turned into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

“Clearly with a player with that quality and with the length of contract, he’s always going to be talked about. I cannot worry about that.

“I know he is concentrated and very focused. We hope he will sign a new contract. He is a brilliant professional.”

Paul Merson has told Arsenal that and Mikel Arteta that they need to sign a top striker to be able to compete with top teams like Liverpool.

He made this claim after the North London outfit suffered a 2-0 defeat against the Reds in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Merson told the north Londoners that they need a top-quality striker if they want to compete with the likes of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “They need a striker and they’re not making millions of chances so they need someone who’s going to be putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Until they get a centre-forward who’s going to get them 20, 25, goals a season and then we’re talking again.

“They’ve had your [Thierry] Henry’s, Ian Wright’s, people like that – they need a top centre-forward. You very rarely win anything without a centre forward.”

However, Arsenal have been linked with the signature of a number of players but Fiorentina star, Dusan Vlahovic is believed to be a top target.

Latest report claims he is not keen on a move away from the Italian outfit this January transfer window which means Arsenal’s chances of signing him are slim.

Fiorentina chief Joe Barone has Arsenal not to expect to land their major target, Dusan Vlahovic this January transfer window.

According to him, the young striker isn’t ready for any transfer in this January transfer window

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are believed to be keen to accept the offer and cash in on a player.

But Barone, Fiorentina’s general manager, said while the Italian side are happy to sell Vlahovic this month, he does not want to go, with lines of communication between the player’s representatives and the club practically non-existent.

Speaking to La Nazione newspaper, Barone explained: ‘Some English clubs have made contact, but there is no agreement yet. We are open [to selling] but there can’t be a deal unless someone [Vlahovic] agrees.’

On the lack of communication from Vlahovic’s representatives, he added: ‘I haven’t heard anything from them. I had asked Vlahovic’s agent to be clear, but I haven’t heard anything, no contacts at all.’

Speaking about the prospect of bringing new players in, Mikel Arteta said this week: ‘The team are working extremely hard to get the players that we want and we have no news to give you.

‘We have a plan to try to bring players in and try to get the players we want with the right qualities and improve the squad in the best possible way every single window.’