Vlahovic doubts | exodus continues

There’s a fair bit of negativity around the proposed Dusan Vlahovic transfer to Arsenal.

He wants Champions League football, wants to go to Juventus, and wants to stay at Fiorentina for the remainder of the season.

Sead Kolasinac joins the Arsenal enclave in Marseilles (see below)

Although the clubs may well agree a fee, if he doesn’t want to go – £63m, £300,000/week and £8m to the agent is an awful lot of money to pay.

Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano said: “The real problem for Arsenal is to change Dusan Vlahovic’s mind because the player wants to stay at Fiorentina until the end of the season and then leave in the summer.

“He wants to take Fiorentina back to European football, but he also wants a lot of money, him and his agents.

“And this is why at the moment Arsenal have still not made any progress in convincing Dusan Vlahovic. So, I think it’s going to be super difficult to change the situation in the coming two weeks.”

The ES says Barcelona, now want him.

Sead Kolasinac has joined Marseille as a free agent on Tuesday after having his contract terminated by Arsenal.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina left back, who was with Arsenal since 2017, had six months left on his deal. He maybe be best remembered for fighting off robbers when with Mezut Ozil. His annual salary was around £5.2m. He joins Arsenal players Mattieu Guendouzi and William Saliba who are on loan at the south France club.

Pablo Marí, 28, who has featured three times this season, is expected to join Udinese this week. His annual salary is around £4.4m.

Mohamed Elneny could be on his way out with Fenerbahce keen to bring him back to Turkey.

The 29-year-old has been involved in seven games this season. He has six months left on his deal on a £2.7m annual salary.

Martin Odegaard has recovered and will be available for selection against Liverpool. Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel, who had all been injury doubts, are expected to be fit.

The game probably comes too soon for Thomas Partey – on his way from the Afcon after being knocked out by Comoros. But he could face Burnley.