Dusan Vlahovic got his move to Juventus because he and his “dishonest” agents wanted to “ruin” Fiorentina, according to the club’s president Rocco Commisso.
Serie A champions Juve shelled out an initial €70million to sign Vlahovic from Fiorentina last Thursday, beating off competition from Premier League sides Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United.
The Serbia international only had 18 months left on his contract with the Viola, who were keen to avoid losing their talisman for nothing at the end of next season.
Commisso believed Vlahovic had long had an agreement in place and was ready to run down his contract if a move to Juve could not be agreed.
“In November I came back to try to finalise the contract, but his agents were dishonest and liars,” Commisso told the club’s official website.
“We had a good meeting, I expected a positive response for the morning after to sign the contract. Instead of what he had decided, he asked for double. His agents then asked for more. They also wanted a 10 per cent cut of the transfer fee and exclusive rights to negotiate his next move.
“It was clear to everyone he already had a deal with someone. He said no to every offer. We went to England to deal with Premier League teams and returned with various proposals, but he and his agents always said no.
“In my opinion, the goal was to run his contract down and ruin Fiorentina. The agents thought he could go for nothing and make themselves rich.”
Vlahovic has scored 17 goals in 21 Serie A outings this season, putting him level with Ciro Immobile at the top of the scoring charts.