Juventus is optimistic about securing a contract extension with Dusan Vlahovic, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United, according to sources.
Juventus made a significant investment of €70m for Vlahovic in January 2022 after the Serbian striker delivered an impressive goal-scoring performance for Serie A rivals Fiorentina, setting a Serie A-record with 33 goals in the calendar year of 2021.
Although Vlahovic had a promising end to the 2021/22 season at Juventus, his performance dipped during the 2022/23 season under manager Max Allegri, scoring only 10 goals in 27 Serie A appearances. Despite speculation about a potential transfer during the 2023 summer window, Vlahovic stayed at Juventus after expressing a desire to leave. Juventus is now hopeful of securing a contract extension with the striker.
Juventus’ new contract for Vlahovic has to fend off Premier League interest
Despite a back injury, Dusan Vlahovic has regained some of his best form at the start of the 2023/24 Serie A season, scoring four goals and providing one assist for Juventus, who are mounting their first genuine title challenge in several years.
Juventus is reportedly eager to secure a longer-term deal with Vlahovic and has initiated negotiations with his representatives. The club aims to extend his contract until 2028, as his current deal expires in 2026. Sources indicate that Vlahovic is currently much happier in Turin than he was a few months ago, thanks to an improvement in his goal-scoring fortunes.
Despite this positive development, long-time admirers Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be closely monitoring Vlahovic’s situation. In addition to Vlahovic, Juventus is also working on securing a new contract for Federico Chiesa. Talks with Chiesa’s representatives are progressing, and the club is optimistic about reaching an agreement.
Given their current position in the Serie A table (second place after 12 games), Juventus is keen to retain its key assets in January with the hope of maintaining a title challenge.