Arsenal’s Vlahovic pursuit may cost £150m due to his eye-watering wage demands

Arsenal remain in hot pursuit of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic as Mikel Arteta is keen to bury his attacking worries, but the star may cost up to £150million as a total package.

Arteta has made it clear that he wants to sign a striker in January as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to be permanently axed, and Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract next summer.

Due to their circumstances, Vlahovic has been drawn up as Arsenal's primary target, with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin also in the conversation.

But Arteta has discovered that the deal could end up costing a mammoth £150m, and the Spaniard is still determined to land the 21-year-old.

Arsenal have not been put off by the sizeable financial package and are committed to completing a deal for a player that they believe to be one of the best young talents in European football

Sportsmail have reported that The Gunners have been told that in order to secure Vlahovic, not only must they stump up a £58m transfer fee, the Serbian is also demanding £300,000-a-week in wages on a five-year deal.

With the transfer fee factored in with five years of Vlahovic's salary, the deal would work out costing the Gunners £150m in total, which is how much they spent on fees alone during the summer transfer window.

The package will also include a £15m payout in fees to the player’s camp, with his representatives looking to also get a slice of the action if their star was to get the big-money move that they've been anticipating.

Arsenal are not the only side interested in the Serbian though, as north London rivals Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the forward, who wants to be playing European football.

European action is something that neither side can offer this season, but with Arsenal currently occupying a Champions League place in the Premier League, Vlahovic could help Arteta's side nail down a spot in the top four, qualifying for the competition he's so desperate to play in.

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