Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged his former club to break the bank and sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahiovic this month.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club is in the balance after falling out with manager Mikel Arteta. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract in the summer, Vlahovic has been identified as the priority during the current transfer window.
The Gunners are leading the race to secure the services of Dusan and Merson wants Arsenal to act now.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finished at Arsenal. He won’t be coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations,” he told the Daily Star.
“They should be breaking the bank to get Dusan Vlahovic in from Fiorentina in the summer – because he would make them title contenders.”
“I’ve heard he’s not interested in Arsenal right now and I can understand that. But he might change his mind if they finish in the top four and offer him a lorryload of money.”
“Arsenal would be able to play him every week because Aubameyang will be gone. Alexandre Lacazette will probably be gone. And so will Eddie Nketiah.”
“They will need a goalscorer and Vlahovic scores goals. He’s also still young so he should get better and you’re not wasting money paying a 29-year-old on the way down.”
The Serbian has netted 23 goals in all competitions for club and country so far this season.