ARSENAL could seek a short-term loan for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic if they cannot convince Dusan Vlahovic to join them this month.
Mikel Arteta is desperate to bring in another striker before the transfer window closes on Monday.
But Fiorentina’s hopes of signing Vlahovic are becoming increasingly distant despite repeated attempts to secure a deal.
And now they are considering a final move for Vlahovic’s Serbian international striker partner Jovic.
Fiorentina are ready to spend money on their 21-year-old superstar, with Arsenal indicating that they are willing to pay £50m plus Lucas Torreira on loan to secure the deal.
But the Serie A club believes that Vlahovic has his heart set on a move to Juventus and could even stick around in Florence for the next 18 months before leaving as a free agent.
Fiorentina sporting director Joe Barone admitted: “We are open to negotiations but we want Vlahovic and his agent to be clear about the future and they have not responded.”
And with time running out to strengthen their forward line, Arsenal are now starting to look for replacement strikers.
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Real Socidead’s Alexander Isak is one of the potential picksalthough there may not be enough time to hammer out a deal for the Sweden international, who is believed to be worth £75m.
But they have been told by Real Madrid that Jovic could be loaned out to help Arsenal through a short-term crisis.
The two clubs have a good relationship after Arsenal loaned Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard from the Bernabeu in the past.
And Jovic 24 years oldwho cost £50m when he moved to Spain from Benfica in 2019, is said to be eager to prove himself in the UK.
The Red Star Belgrade youngster has scored just one goal in 15 appearances this season – compared with Vlahovic, who has 20 goals in 24 games.
Arteta was adamant at the weekend that he was not interested in signing a striker just for the sake of it and said: “Any player who comes in must be able to take us to the next level.
“We want standards that are much better than what we already have.”
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