‘I never talked to anyone’: Dusan Vlahovic reveals he wasn’t remotely close to a move to Arsenal last January despite links… as Juventus’s Serie A hotshot rebuffs comparisons with icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Dusan Vlahovic made the move from Fiorentina to Juventus in the winter window
- The Serbia striker was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal back in January
- The 22-year-old has denied ever having talks with the north London outfit
Dusan Vlahovic has revealed he never came close to joining Arsenal last winter, despite constant links with the Premier League club.
The Serbia international was available in January, and eventually made the £62million switch from Fiorentina to Juventus.
There, he finished the second-half of the season with nine goals, as he bids to fire the Old Lady back to the top of Italian football going forward.
Dusan Vlahovic has revealed he had no contact whatsoever with Arsenal back in January
There had been plenty of reports linking him with a move to the Emirates, as Arsenal looked for a replacement for the outgoing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, Vlahovic insists a move to north London was never on the table.
‘Maybe my agent knows [about Arsenal’s offer] but I never talked to anyone about it,’ he said in an interview with The Telegraph.
‘I just had one club in my mind because Juventus is Juventus. There is nothing else to say, and now I feel honoured to be given this jersey. It’s incredible every time I put it on.
‘I definitely identify with their DNA. The Juventus personality coincides with my personality. When you come here you never give up, you fight all the time, you make the sacrifices. This was definitely what I was looking for.’
Mikel Arteta’s side were heavily linked with a move for the Serbia international last winter
Vlahovic has made a flying start to his footballing career, with 61 goals already to his name for three clubs in Partizan Belgrade, Fiorentina and Juventus.
The eye-catching start has naturally led to comparisons, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic often used as a reference point for his feats and ability.
However, Vlahovic has dismissed those links, insisting that he wants to be recognised as his own man.
‘Comparing players with great champions who have scored 400, 500 goals in their careers, who have won 20 or 30 titles, is probably a little unfair!’ he added.
‘It doesn’t annoy me but it’s also true that when those types of comparison are made and then you make one or two mistakes and the expectations have been hyped then you get critiqued.
‘We all have the right to make mistakes; we are all human. I want to have my own career.’
Vlahovic has dismissed comparisons between himself and the Sweden icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic