ARSENAL'S pursuit of Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been given a huge boost as the Italian club prepare for life without him.
The 21-year-old Serbian caught the eye of Europe's finest with his haul of 21 goals in 40 games in all competitions last season.
Fiorentina have been trying to tie the striker down to a new deal but talks between the two parties have stalled.
And now Fiorentina seem to have run out of patience and are looking towards a future without their star man - who has bagged five goals in ten Serie A games this term.
His contract ends in 2023 but the Serie A side may be willing to offload him in January, their director Joe Barone revealed.
When asked about Vlahovic's future by DAZN, Barone said: "There are many games remaining before January, we are very attentive on the market and for all positions, not just the attack.
“Vlahovic is part of the team, he took a decision and we are preparing for the future, not just in terms of singles, but also in terms of the group."
Arsenal have been linked with a swoop for the attacker since the summer and could now be ready to pounce on him in the New Year following Barone's admission.
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The North London club look certain to be getting rid of want-away forward Alexandre Lacazette and the young Serb could be the ideal replacement.
However, Mikel Arteta's side will have to convince Vlahovic that the Emirates is the right place for him as Prem rivals Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham are also said to be interested.
And if Betfair are right, the Gunners face a difficult task in doing so seeing as they're limping behind both City and Spurs in the battle for Vlahovic.
The Etihad giants are currently favourites to land Vlahovic at odds of 2/1.
The Gunners' sworn enemies Spurs are second favourites at 4/1.
While the Reds are behind Arsenal in the running with odds of 16/1.
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