Arsenal’s disappointing performance against Brentford showed they made need to invest in a new striker, while Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham is yet to be decided
Arsenal and Tottenham have been quoted an exceptionally steep price by Fiorentina as they eye a transfer for young striker Dusan Vlahovic.
The 21-year-old scored 21 goals in Serie A last season, and has emerged as one of the best young talents in the Italian top flight.
Arsenal showed they may need investment in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette left out the side that lost to Brentford on Friday, while Folarin Balogun underwhelmed on full debut.
Meanwhile, new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo may still need to find a new striker with the future of Harry Kane to be decided.
The Portuguese will have plenty of funds to play with if England captain Kane gets his wish and is allowed to leave in a move that will comfortably top £100m.
But they will need those funds if they are to pursue a move for Serbian hitman Vlahovic, if Fiorentina’s reported price tag is to be believed.
According to Italian outlet Il Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia), Vlahovic will cost interested parties at least £60million (€70m).
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Fiorentina are said to have already rejected an offer from Atletico Madrid of £51m, and are in no mood to sell their most prized possession who scored twice in a 4-0 Coppa Italia win on Saturday.
Owner Rocco Commisso has reportedly set a deadline of this weekend for any final offers, but it is appears that only an astronomical bid will tempt him to think about selling Vlahovic.
Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca is said to be the man Fiorentina would replace Vlahovic with, having impressed on loan at Genoa last season.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville admitted that he thought Arsenal were missing Aubameyang and Lacazette in the defeat to Brentford, but said that he was concerned about the lack of quality in Arsenal’s attack.
“They did miss them, maybe the chances they did create one of them could take them,” said the former Manchester United defender.
“There were still bright sparks tonight but the bigger concern is the general lack of quality.
“We’ve talked about the negative quite a bit. There was talk about Smith-Rowe going to Villa, but they can’t let him go, he’s quality absolutely fantastic.
“For 25 minutes of that second half, I thought Arsenal were actually going to score and get back into the game.
“That link up with Tierney, Smith-Rowe was a shining light, he was sharp and bright. It was a bad night but he was really, really good.”