Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has rejected the latest contract offer from the club, as confirmed by the president, Rocco Commisso himself.
The youngster has been in fine form for the club and has attracted interest from several big names across Europe. One of the club’s that is in the race for him is Arsenal, since Alexandre Lacazette is rumoured to be on the move next summer.
Here is what Commisso had to say about the situation of Vlahovic in an official statement:
‘I would therefore like to update the Fiorentina fans on an issue that has been much talked and spoken about in recent months – the question of Dusan Vlahovic’s contract.
‘We also improved our offer on a number of occasions in order to accommodate the requests of both Dusan and his entourage. However, despite our efforts, those offers have not been accepted.
‘During my time in Florence over the past few weeks, I have personally endeavoured to find a solution that would make both the player and the club happy, but I am disappointed to say that our efforts and attempts have not been rewarded.
‘At this point, all that we can do is acknowledge the wishes of the player and his entourage and quickly identify feasible, appropriate solutions as we proceed with this exciting new season.
‘In any case, Dusan Vlahovic has a contract linking him to Fiorentina for the next 21 months. We have no doubt that the player will – as he always has – do his bit to help the team achieve its objectives, showing the same level of professionalism he has shown since he arrived in Florence, with the utmost respect from our fans, his team-mates, the coach and the club as a whole.’
Vlahovic scored 21 times in 37 appearances in the violet shirt last season, and is slowly establishing himself as one of the top youngsters in Serie A. If Arsenal, Spurs or any other big team want him, the fact that he is not renewing his deal just yet is good news for them to complete the deal.