Arsenal 'interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic' as alternative to Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic

Arsenal 'interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic' as alternative to Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic

ARSENAL could reportedly make a swoop to sign Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic in January as an alternative to Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic.

It has been claimed that the Gunners were willing to meet the Serie A side's £68million asking price for the 21-year-old, but the 21-year-old isn't convinced by their proposal.

The North London outfit's rivals Tottenham are understood to be keen to prise the centre-forward away from Florence, with Antonio Conte desperate to provide competition for Harry Kane.

Meanwhile Juventus have made signing Vlahovic, who has banged in ten goals in 13 games this term, their top priority having failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

And it has been claimed that Arsenal are now eyeing up other targets in the upcoming winter transfer window.

According to AS, Los Blancos flop Jovic is seen as an easier deal to make, with Vlahovic's Serbian compatriot playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema.

Jovic has featured just seven times in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti this term, where he has failed to chip in with a goal or an assist.

Having failed to start any games this season, the Spanish news outlet has stated that he is willing to listen to offers in the New Year.

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And it has been said that Arsenal are are keeping tabs on his situation at the Bernabeu ahead of a possible move.

Though they face competition from Inter Milan in the race to secure his services.

As of yet, it remains unclear whether Jovic would be allowed to leave permanently, or if it would be on a temporary basis.

Jovic linked up with former employers Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this year on loan, where he scored just four goals in 18 Bundesliga games.

Arsenal are known to be in the market for a new striker, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the final year of their contracts.

Meanwhile starlet Folarin Balogun has admitted he is open for a new challenge in his search for regular first team football.

SunSport have exclusively revealed new Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has put him top of his shopping list in January.

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