ARSENAL are in the driving seat in the battle to sign Fiorentina superstar Dusan Vlahovic.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed Mikel Arteta's side as 2/1 favourites to clinch his signature during the January transfer window.
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However, there's several other clubs showing interest in the Serbia international.
Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham represent Arsenal's Premier League competition, while Juventus have also been tipped to make their presence known.
Vlahovic has emerged as one of the most exciting forwards in European football.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar breakthrough season last year, netting 21 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.
And he's followed that up with 18 in 22 matches this year.
His exploits have earned him 14 international caps for Serbia, where he's netted seven in 14 – including a brace against Azerbaijan in World Cup qualification.
Dusan Vlahovic next club
Sky Bet odds
- Arsenal – 2/1
- Manchester City – 8/1
- Newcastle – 8/1
- Tottenham – 8/1
- Juventus – 12/1
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The centre-forward has 18 months remaining on his contract, which expires in June 2023.
And it's becoming increasingly clear that Vlahovic will leave Florence for a fresh challenge, possibly this month.
Arsenal are favourites at 2/1 with manager Mikel Arteta viewing the forward as a priority target.
And the Daily Mail claim that the Gunners are not put off by his £58million valuation OR £300,000-a-week wage demands.
North London rivals Tottenham are also claimed to have made an enquiry for Vlahovic but are joint-second in the betting market at 8/1.
Manchester City are offered at the same price although their priority is Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland.
Newcastle are priced at 8/1, ahead of Italian heavyweights Juventus at 12/1 but Fiorentina are unwilling to lose him to a direct rival.
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