Rio names ex-Prem striker as alternative to Arsenal target Vlahovic

Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal should target ex-West Ham striker Sebastien Haller if the Gunners are unable to sign Duan Vlahovic.

The Florentina forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks.

The Serie A side are reportedly “demanding the majority of their €75m asking price for Vlahovic up from”. 

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The 21-year-old has been in stellar form for Florentina this term. He has already scored 18 times from his 20 appearances this season.

Haller meanwhile is enjoying a brilliant season at Ajax. He has netted 22 goals from his 24 outings this term.

The forward joined the Dutch outfit for around £20m at the start of last year. This move came about after he signed for West Ham in July 2019 for a fee that could rise to £45m.

The 27-year-old contributed with ten goals from his 48 Premier League games for the Hammers.

On his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand claimed that Haller would be a good buy for Arsenal if they cannot persuade Vlahovic to sign:

“I reckon Haller would be good for you lot [Arsenal].”

Speaking last week, Paul Merson urged Arsenal to offer Vlahovic a “lorryload of money”:

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finished at Arsenal. He won’t be coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations,” Merson said.

“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’t not wasting money paying a 29-year-old on the way down.

“I think there are good things happening at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has got them playing well. But they need a proven striker next season.

“He’s signed a keeper, defenders, full backs, midfielders and a No 10, promoted kids on the wings – a proper centre forward could be the missing piece.

“I’m not saying they’ll win the league if they get Vlahovic. But they’ll have a chance to make it a four-horse race at least.”

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