Football News: Dusan Vlahovic “ruined” Fiorentina, according to president Rocco Commisso, after he “promised” to prolong his contract but instead chose to join Juventus.
The 22-year-old joined the Old Lady in January for almost €70 million, making him their second most expensive player behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Vlahovic is said to have turned down offers from Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid in order to join Juventus.
Vlahovic scored 20 goals in 24 games for Fiorentina in all competitions during the first half of the season. He signed a contract with La Viola that would have kept him with club till 2026. Despite supposedly agreeing to terms with Fiorentina, Vlahovic chose Juventus instead.
This infuriated Commisso, who believed Vlahovic should have stayed at Fiorentina rather than leaving. He also said that they turned down an offer from Arsenal to replace top scorer Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who left to Barcelona.
Football News: What did Commisso say?
“I was in a bad condition,” he told La Gazetta dello Sport, “but things are going better thanks to the doctors and my family. I made a mistake by returning to Italy the first time; I became quite unwell, but I wanted to make Vlahovic think.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t help much. What is the current state of the negotiations for a renewal? When I was here, they went to the bathroom every half hour during the matches, then shot eight net a year, with three million in commission and a percentage from both us and the buying team at the time of the player’s sale.“
“As a result, I granted another centre the authority to move forward. We hadn’t taken anyone in September when the individual who ruined us agreed to renew.
We wanted two strikers to replace him, Commisso
“When we got Piatek and then sought Cabral, he realised we were going to bench him.”
“I don’t know how long they talked to Juventus, but after they turned down Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Arsenal, Juventus shut down the operation in a week.”
“If we kept Vlahovic, we would have done even better than Juventus, which is why he went. At the very least, we made a substantial profit. On Saturday, seeing him on the bench was unusual.”
Vlahovic has struggled to find his feet in Turin, scoring nine goals in 21 appearances. The Serbian started well, but his form has deteriorated in recent weeks.
In the meantime, AC Milan locked up the Serie A title, capping off a disastrous season for Massimiliano Allegri’s team. He was picked as a substitute in Juventus’ 2-0 final-day defeat at Fiorentina on Sunday.