Tottenham chiefs’ pledge to Antonio Conte as Dusan Vlahovic’s Arsenal move hits roadblock

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Dusan Vlahovic’s prospective move to Arsenal could be thrown into disarray as a pledge made to Tottenham boss Antonio Conte may be used to scupper the transfer. An agreement has supposedly been made already between the Gunners and Fiorentina, although a key ingredient is missing which Spurs could capitalise on over the coming days. 

Arsenal are in the market for a starting-quality striker as Alexandre Lacazette’s contract continues to tick down in north London. 

The Frenchman has impressed since his recent return to action, although at 30-years-old he reportedly has no interest in staying at the Emirates beyond this season. 

To replace someone accustomed to lashing in ten-plus goals per campaign, serious investment would be needed. 

As such, Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Gunners are willing to splash £68million on Vlahovic in order to plug that gap. 

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With the Serbian’s contract well into its final two years, Fiorentina are supposedly willing to play ball as the two clubs have allegedly agreed on the fee. 

However, the same report states that Vlahovic himself is not totally sold on the idea of heading to Arsenal. 

Indeed, as a player who has scored 29 goals in his past 48 Serie A games, there are likely to be a fair few tempting suitors willing to put money on the table. 

One of which could be Tottenham, amid reports from Gazzetta dello Sport that Conte has been ‘assured’ by the board about their commitment to signing Vlahovic in January. 

Franck Kessie is also reportedly on their hit list as the Italian looks to mould the Spurs squad into his own image. 

Conte’s proven track record of working with big, physical strikers could make a move to Tottenham even more tempting for 6ft 3in Vlahovic, who still has room to improve at just 21-years-old. 

Despite the agreement reached between Fiorentina and their arch-rivals, the youngster’s reluctance to commit to the deal suggests that it could be hijack-worthy for Conte, Daniel Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici. 

What it would mean for Harry Kane remains to be seen, with the England captain notching just once so far in the Premier League all season. 

Furthermore, Conte claims that the Spurs talisman has work to do in order to return to his best. 

“We’re talking an important player [Harry Kane], not only for Tottenham but also for the national team,” said the Italian on Friday.

“Harry is a really good player, and for sure we have to work with him and all the players to improve this situation.

“I have seen this past few days that we need to work a lot to improve many aspects for every single player and not only one, two, three.”

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