Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic is attracting interest from Premier League club Arsenal and Spanish giants Real Madrid. According to reports from CalcioMercatoweb, the 22-year-old Juventus star could be on the move this summer as the Italian club looks to raise funds amid a dismal Serie A campaign.
Juventus, the perennial powerhouse of Italian football, are languishing in 7th place in Serie A, 8 points adrift of a Champions League spot.
The club is still reeling from the 15-point deduction handed down in January for false accounting. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and selling prized assets like Vlahovic may be the only way for the club to generate income.
CalcioMercatoweb reports that in addition to Arsenal and Real Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich are also interested in Vlahovic.
With only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting leading the line, Bayern are keen to recruit a proven goalscorer. Vlahovic would be an ideal long-term replacement for the veteran striker.
Arsenal appear the most determined of the clubs chasing Vlahovic. With Champions League qualification all but assured for next season, the London club is pulling out all the stops to strengthen an already lethal attack of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah. A move to the Emirates would allow Vlahovic to showcase his talents on the biggest stage.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are planning for life after French striker Karim Benzema. Despite his advancing years, the 36-year-old Benzema shows no sign of slowing down – he has 25 goals in all competitions this season, including successive La Liga hat tricks last week.
However, Los Blancos recognize the need to find a successor to the prolific Benzema sooner rather than later. Vlahovic fits the bill as a goal poacher in the same mould as the Real Madrid talisman.
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While Juventus may be reluctant to part with their prized asset, financial reality may force their hand. All signs point to an intense bidding war for the prolific Dusan Vlahovic this summer. His next destination is still unclear but one thing is for certain – he will be plying his trade for a top club challenging for domestic and European honours next season.