Newcastle United have reportedly now made an offer in excess of £84m to sign Dusan Vlahovic in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Vlahovic stock rising
Vlahovic’s stock is continuing to rise as he makes a name for himself in the beautiful game, with market value now at a record £45m and surely set to inflate more.
Should Newcastle sign Vlahovic?
The Serbia international is currently averaging more than a goal contribution a game at Fiorentina, with no fewer than 17 strikes and a further three assists made in just 19 matches in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt).
Given that he is a striker who is just 21 years of age, the Italian media are inevitably comparing him to Erling Haaland, as they claim that he is a ‘force of nature’ just like the Borussia Dortmund star.
The Latest: Big offer
Speaking to passioneinter.com (via Calciomercato), journalist Filippo Grassia has now claimed that the St. James’ Park faithful ‘have made a three-figure offer’ to try and sign Vlahovic, meaning a sum in excess of €100m (£84m).
It would be a ‘considerable temptation’ for Fiorentina to take that kind of money, but it is not clear whether Vlahovic himself would want to move to the North East.
The Verdict: Unlikely
Despite the riches that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium have at their disposal, it seems very unlikely that Vlahovic would move to Tyneside, especially in January.
His growing pedigree in the game means that big clubs in Europe are poised to try and pounce on his signature, and the Magpies cannot offer him any form of European football at the moment, only a relegation battle that he may not be interested in.
That is not to say that he would’t be a great signing not just for the Toon but for the Premier League as well, with his six-foot-three frame bound to terrorise any defence, as his 2.1 aerial duels won per game in the Serie A this term would currently rank him as the joint-fourth highest in Eddie Howe’s squad.
However, he just seems too difficult a signing to make at this moment in time.
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