Arsenal open to big transfer deal says Mikel Arteta amid £70m links to Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic

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  • Arsenal
    Arsenal
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  • Mikel Arteta
    Mikel Arteta
    Spanish association football player and manager
  • Dušan Vlahović
    Serbian footballer
Top target: Arsenal have been heavily linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic  (Getty Images)
Top target: Arsenal have been heavily linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic (Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to “maximise every transfer window”, amid growing reports they are ready to swoop for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Arsenal, along with several of Europe’s top clubs, have scouted Vlahovic over the past 18 months amid his fine form in Serie A.

The 21-year-old is currently the top scorer in Italy this season with 16 goals to his name and he is expected to leave Fiorentina this year.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Vlahovic, with reports in Italy claiming they could put together a package worth around £70million to sign him.

Arteta was quizzed about Vlahovic on Friday and when asked about doing a deal of that magnitude this winter, he said: “I think with the amount of things and the way that we want to evolve the squad, we have to maximise every window in many different ways and we are alert.

“[Technical director] Edu and his team are working very hard because we know exactly what we need to do, and whether we can accomplish that in January or in the summer, is a different question as it is related to other stuff.”

Asked if a big deal came along if Arsenal would go for it, Arteta said: “Again, if it is the right player and we can afford it and we can do what we want to do we will discuss it and make the best possible decision. We are open.”

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