Fiorentina have slipped a €60 million (£52.2m) price tag on Liverpool target Dusan Vlahovic.
That’s according to Tutto Mercato journalist Niccolo Ceccarini.
The Reds are named as one of the Serbian’s suitors, alongside the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan. Roma and Borussia Dortmund are said to have expressed the strongest interest up to this point.
Fiorentina are looking to tie-down the 21-year-old, but ‘everything is stopped on the renewal front’ at this moment in time.
He’s about to enter the final two years of his contract, so Ceccarini says the club could be forced to consider a sale if he refuses to pen an extension.
Why is Vlahovic attracting so much interest?
According to WhoScored, the 6 foot 2 front man poses a particular threat from set-pieces and likes to do flick-ons.
Emiliano Bigica, who coached Vlahovic at youth level, likened him to Champions League winner Mario Mandzukic. He tipped him to go on to ‘become one of the best strikers around’.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Vlahovic is an out-and-out number 9, and while Liverpool have flourished without one, it may now be time to evolve.
An aerially imposing striker could theoretically excel with service from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.
Liverpool may be put off by the huge £52.2m price tag, but that could just be posturing from Fiorentina also.
If contract talks are going nowhere, then they’re actually in a fairly weak position and the Reds could use that to their advantage.
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