Sky Italy reported that Juventus have agreed to a £62.8m fee for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. Fiorentina was desperate to offload the striker as he had just 18 months left on his contract. Arsenal was interested in his services but failed to meet the asking price for the striker. Fiorentina is looking towards Arthur Cabral as a replacement.
“It’s an important valuation, over €70m as a lump sum with no swap deals and no payment structures. The president [Rocco Commisso] has imposed it on us,” Fiorentina’s sporting director, Daniele Prade after accepting the Juventus bid for Dusan Vlahovic. “All of our doors are open in this situation because we need to understand what the players and his agents really want to do. We received some important offers for him. Offers that were very substantial but we never got any feedback from his agents. On our side, there has always been great transparency. I refer to what Joe Barone [Fiorentina’s chief executive] said, all our doors are open.”
“We’re ready to sit down at a table and talk. We made various important offers for a contract extension, and we also have had a few offers to sell him in a strong way,” he added. “I’m saying this because our club makes €75m a year and we can’t afford to lose a valuable asset for free. They were all valid and satisfactory offers, with payment methods that suited us. We couldn’t go ahead with the deal because there was never any contact with the player’s agents.”