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Arsenal switch transfer focus as prime target ‘refuses to accept phone calls’

The Gunners remain active in the transfer market despite spending heavily in the summer as they keep tabs on one Serie A star after reportedly being rejected by another

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Arsenal have turned their attention to Juventus wide player Dejan Kulusevski after having their interest in Fiorentina ‘s Dusan Vlahovic rebuffed by the player himself.

The Gunners were rumoured to be one of a number of clubs across the continent keen on Fiorentina’s 21-year-old talisman, but the Serbia international is reportedly waiting on offers from other outfits.

Such was Vlahovic’s rumoured lack of interest in Arsenal’s proposal, he is thought to have ignored calls from the Gunners.

As a result, Mikel Arteta – alongside technical director Edu Gaspar, have shifted their focus on to Kulusevski after the Swedish star has fallen down the pecking order under Massimiliano Allegri this season.

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Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic has reportedly rejected Arsenal’s advances

According to Sky Italia, the Gunners clearly view Serie A as a hotbed of attacking talent after recent links to both Kulusevski and Vlahovic.

Though the former is the Gunners first choice and Fiorentina are willing to do business providing their £75m valuation is met, the player himself has told his agents to decline and look elsewhere.

Fiorentina have already publicly confirmed that their main marksman has declined their latest contract offer and has no interest in extending his stay with the club.

It is unclear what exactly has led the Gunners hierarchy to view Kulusevski as a target given his statistics for this season make for grim reading.

The 21-year-old has registered just one goal and one assist in 15 outings for the Old Lady this term, hardly numbers that will excite the Arsenal faithful.

Once of fellow Serie A side Atalanta and on loan at Parma, Juventus forked out £30m for his services back in 2019 in a deal that is likely to eventually rise to at least £35m in add-ons.

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The Italian giants were likely tempted by the stellar form he displayed while on loan at Parma, where he notched four goals and seven assists in 17 games.

There is huge dispute over Kulusevski’s best position, given he is most often deployed as a right-winger under Allegri but views himself best used just behind a leading striker.

Arsenal enjoyed their biggest ever transfer outlay last window, splurging more than £140m on six new additions – meaning there’s every chance the purse strings could be tightened come January.

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The recent comments from club director Josh Kroenke are ones that could spark optimism among the Arsenal faithful that the spending for the season is not quite done yet.

“In the United States we have a certain model [used at other organisations run by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment] and we’re implementing that here.

“We have over the last three years, which is, young players, talented players with the right mentality, let them grow together while continuing to sprinkle in talent throughout the squad.”

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