'He is lightning, it's ridiculous' – Dusan Vlahovic backed to excel in Prem as Arsenal and Man City eye £70m transfer

ARSENAL transfer target Dusan Vlahovic has been lauded by Micah Richards as he declared the Fiorentina star is the complete striker.

The 21-year-old striker, who is tied down in Florence until 2023, has been heavily linked with a move away after rejecting a lucrative contract extension.

Mikel Arteta is believed to have made signing the Serbia international a top priority as he looks to bring another centre-forward to the Emirates.

But the Gunners face competition from Manchester City with Pep Guardiola still yet to replace Sergio Aguero.

Manchester United and Tottenham are also believed to be in the race to secure his services.

And Newcastle are claimed to be readying a whopping £85million bid to bring the Serbia international to St James' Park.

Vlahovic has been in superb form for La Viola, with the youngster recently equalling Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 33 Serie A goals in a calendar year.

From his 20 matches this season for Fiorentina, he has chipped in with an impressive 18 goals and three assists.

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And ex-Citizens right-back Richards, who spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Fiorentina, has waxed lyrical over Vlahovic.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "I have watched him a couple of times now.

"He is lightning. It’s ridiculous. He has got 16 in 18 [Serie A games] this season.

"His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has stated Arsenal must be 'clever and quick' if they wish to land him in January.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he remarked: "Getting a proven Premier League striker is big bucks. Do Arsenal have that kind of cash?

"If they did fork out £60m or £70m it stops them from strengthening other areas of the team in the transfer market. They'd be putting all their eggs in one basket.

"I'd probably guess they'd go down the road of a younger player from Europe. Somebody like Dusan Vlahovic, who still won't be cheap, could fit the bill.

"I'm sure the analysis team at Arsenal are looking at all the stats to see who would be suitable and maybe a little bit cheaper as well.

"Like I said before, a lot of clubs are after that type of striker so let's hope Arsenal can be clever and quick in the transfer market. They'll need to be."

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