Arsenal’s prospects of signing Dusan Vlahovic are fading, but the club has a £40.5 million back-up plan

Arsenal may lose out on Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this month, preferring to focus on Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin instead. The Gunners are in desperate need of a striker as they try to secure a spot in the Champions League at the end of the season.

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Arsenal had a poor start to the season, losing their first three games and falling to the bottom of the Premier League table.

They rebounded in the autumn, going on an eight-game unbeaten streak to put themselves in contention for a top-four finish.

During a wobble, the Gunners lost to Liverpool, Manchester United, and Everton, but then won four straight games in December to show their toughness.

Mikel Arteta has been short on options up front since stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of his captaincy and dismissing him from the team due to a disciplinary infraction before Christmas.

Alexandre Lacazette, a Frenchman, has been chosen to lead the line in recent weeks, but his Arsenal contract is coming to an end, and he could leave the club at the end of the season.

The north Londoners have been after Vlahovic in recent months and are said to have made a substantial offer for the striker this week.

The Gunners’ prospects of signing the brilliant 21-year-old are diminishing, according to talkSPORT.

Vlahovic’s contract in Florence expires in 18 months, and some rumors claim he intends to stay until next summer before leaving for free.

The player is also said to be apprehensive about joining a team that does not compete in the Champions League.

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