Dusan Vlahovic, a striker for Juventus, has been tipped off by Nicky Bandini, who has urged Arsenal and Chelsea to be “extremely weary” of signing him. A specialist on Italian football told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk that Vlahovic’s career hasn’t gone as anticipated since he moved to Turin in January of last year and that his injury troubles haven’t helped.
After releasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal hoped to replace him with the 22-year-old Serbian sensation but they missed out on signing the player. The West London club Chelsea and Arsenal have previously been entangled in a transfer spat when Chelsea sabotaged a deal involving Ukrainian talent Mykhailo Mudryk.
Because of their mutual interest in the £80 million striker from Juventus, who has scored six times in 10 Serie A games this season, it’s safe to assume that many more transfer battles are ahead. But if they do make a play for the all-action attacker, they will have been warned beforehand.
“He ended up at Juventus and we were talking about him every time,” said Bandini.
“It hasn’t gone great for him at Juventus, a lot of that is down to injuries. His goalscoring form hasn’t been terrible. When you break it down to minutes-per-goals on the pitch, then he hasn’t had a terrible time on the pitch. But he hasn’t been that transformative talent that you think £70 million Euros is going to get you. I would be very wary if I was Arsenal or Chelsea. I would be very wary of spending anything close to what Juventus spent on him. With his injury situation, and if anything were to happen, maybe a loan deal with an option to buy would be a sensible way to approach it. I think with the money Juventus spent last year, then it makes this a very difficult deal to do,” he added.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal should wait until the summer to acquire Vlahovic unless the Blues embark on another spending spree. The most important thing to keep in mind is that Juventus is in shambles, both on and off the field.
It would not be surprising if some of the star-studded players on their roster were pursued by other clubs for transfer amounts that are lower than what Juventus would want to get.