Terry Gibson joined The Transfer Talk podcast on Friday and gave a glowing report on the prospect of signing Arsenal’s Dusan Vlahovic.
Join host Pete Greaves and Sky Sports’ Darmish Sheth on Friday to talk about a number of topics around the busy first part of the January window and what’s happening with the striker’s situation at Arsenal.
Is Valhovic the right man to score the goals that could propel Arsenal into the Champions League or they may have to wait until the summer when European qualification could make up the mind of the Fiorentina striker at his destination.
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Why are Arsenal fans excited about Vlahovic?
Terry Gibson thinks he’d be a perfect fit in Emirates for starters.
“I’m not surprised Arsenal are interested in these kind of players in the way they play football – with a 4-2-3-1 they need a focal point, a player with presence up front. With Vlahovic you get a lot. Very, very strong, over six feet tall, he scores all kinds of goals, he carries the ball really well which is really important in the way Arsenal want to play.
“Alexandre Lacazette is playing there at the moment, but they are two completely different players, so if you want to have the ball on the field and want the striker to hold on to it, Alhovich will help the likes of him. Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard join in, holding the ball longer in the The attacking half of the field.
“He’s a left player but he scores all kinds of goals – he shoots but he doesn’t mind shooting from outside the box. He doesn’t mind getting the end of crosses.”
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“There is a similarity in his playing to Haaland – two big, strong, strong and fast strikers who both fought when they had a chance in front of goal. If Arsenal can do that, it would be a great signing.
“He is only 21, the Serbian striker – like Luka Jovic who went through a similar phase, was scoring a lot of goals and Real Madrid bought him. He didn’t have the playing time and he wasn’t successful so I think there is – as with any big money transfer – A degree of risk, but at 21 he seems to have got a lot going.”
Is there an agreement that can be concluded with Fiorentina?
Darmish Sheth thinks it might be hard to end this month but don’t rule it out.
“I think Arsenal could cut a deal. If you go back to the summer, they were the biggest spenders in the Premier League – roughly £135m – so they support Mikel Arteta. I think now, for them to shop for elite players it will require them entering the European Champions League.
“This could be the season they can do – it looks very open. This is a huge opportunity for the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, West Ham as well. Can they break into those top four because once you do it once, you can bring in players in that summer transfer window because You can present football in the Champions League.
“The interest we know is very real. He’s one of a number of strikers Arsenal are looking at. It looks like it could be a tough deal – not impossible – in this transfer window. Summer is more likely, especially from Vlahovic. The side because he wants to assess each side. He has a choice.
“He wants to play Champions League football. Fiorentina is in a bit of a difficult position as they only have 18 months left on his contract and I think they will look at the big offers if they come in this transfer window. There is still a possibility that something could happen.
“We had Mina Razzuqi on a transfer the other day and she is very knowledgeable about everything Italian football. She said that one of the problems that Vlahovic has, apart from finances and the club, is that he is very focused on who will be the coach. He is very interested. Who will direct him to play football, improve him, so that will be a big factor in deciding where he is going.”
Where is the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?
Pete Graves asked Darmesh what could happen with Arsenal’s dizzying situation, with Aubameyang missing from the squad and relying on other options including impending free agent Alexandre Lacazette.
“She did mention the word reform there, and she definitely gets that feeling now about what they’re trying to do in the attacking division. Given the position some of these players are in; their contract status and age as well and what they themselves want in the short and long term.
“Aubameyang is the big one; he fell for it [Southampton] The match, which was stripped of the captain’s armband, has not participated since then and now with Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I’ve been told the easy part of all this, if offers are made to PEA, Arsenal will look into those offers. The hard part – he has 18 months left on his contract, he’s 32, so if the club wants to do it is a permanent deal. You’re looking at a transfer fee for someone that age and then their fee.
“Why not get an ‘easy’ loan deal until the end of the season – he gets first-team football and then maybe Arsenal can get a transfer fee in the summer. It’s easier said than done – who will pay the wages Does the loan club want to pay? Arsenal ratio?
“His contract is worth £350,000 a week. Arsenal have put themselves in a position here – it is almost known to everyone that they will listen to performances and this moves the characters further south rather than what they would consider fair to a player of his ability.”
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