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Is Arsenal’s interest in Vlahovic genuine or a trick?

Given Vlahovic’s previous rejection of Arsenal and ongoing contract negotiations with Juventus, there is speculation that his camp could use Arsenal’s ‘interests’ to influence those discussions.

Juventus' Serbian striker #09 Dusan Vlahovic reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and Juventus at the Grande Torino Stadium in Turin on April 13, 2024. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Juventus’ Serbian striker #09 Dusan Vlahovic reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and Juventus at the Grande Torino Stadium in Turin on April 13, 2024. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Italian sources suggest Arsenal have reignited their interest in Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. The development comes as the Serbian forward is enjoying a strong season despite Juventus’ wider problems.

However, there is a strong possibility that Vlahovic and his agent could use this rumored interest to influence contract negotiations with Juventus.

History repeats itself?

It’s important to remember that Vlahovic spurned Arsenal in favor of Juventus when he initially joined from Fiorentina in 2022. This casts some doubt on the sincerity of his current potential interest in a move to the Emirates.

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Contract leverage

CAGLIARI, ITALY - APRIL 19: Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus celebrates his goal 2-1 during the Serie A TIM match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 19, 2024 in Cagliari, Italy.  (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 19: Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus celebrates his 2-1 goal during the Serie A TIM match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 19, 2024 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

Vlahovic is currently under contract with Juventus for two more years. Reports suggest the club is in negotiations with his agent to extend his stay and manage his significant salary. The rumored interest from Arsenal, especially in the context of their need for a new striker this summer, could give Vlahovic’s camp a strong bargaining chip to secure more favorable terms from Juventus.

What’s next?

Whether Arsenal’s interest in Vlahovic is genuine or just a strategic maneuver remains to be seen. In both scenarios, Juventus must be careful. They risk losing their star striker to the Premier League or being forced into a more expensive contract extension to retain his services.

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