Dusan Vlahovic’s career at Juventus has not gone according to plans as he looks to cut ties with the Turin heavyweights less than two years after arriving from Fiorentina.
According to Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports, the Serbia international is open to departing the Allianz Stadium following an underwhelming season under Massimiliano Allegri.
Juventus promised Vlahovic trophies and a chance to fight for the Capocannoniere award to convince him to turn down Arsenal in January 2022 but failed to live up to their word.
Despite breaking the deadlock in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals against Sevilla, the 23-year-old striker had to watch his team bow out after extra time, leading to a second straight winless season.
However, the lack of trophies is the least of Vlahovic’s problems, given that he’s failed to land a regular starting berth under Allegri this season, switching places with Arkadiusz Milik each week.
The Partizan Belgrade academy graduate has made only 26 Serie A appearances in 2022/23, tallying ten goals. That’s a significant markdown on a 24-goal haul from last season.
It makes a little wonder that he’s contemplating his future in Turin, especially with several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United, still keeping close tabs on him.
Juventus paid Fiorentina €70 million to sign Vlahovic a year and a half ago, and they’ll likely be looking to recoup that figure if their underperforming frontman insists on leaving the club in the summer.
Even though Gabriel Jesus impressed in his first season at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners could still rekindle their interest in the left-footed forward after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title this term.
But watch out for Man United. The Red Devils are in the market for an out-and-out striker after severing ties with Cristiano Ronaldo midway through the season.
Vlahovic is one of the profiles considered by Erik ten Hag in case United’s pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane comes a cropper.
Moving beyond the Premier League borders, the Serb has another potential high-end client vying for his signature, with Bayern Munich reportedly setting sights on him to replace Robert Lewandowski.
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