As per respected Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni, writing for Firenze Viola, the future of Dusan Vlahovic may well become clear over the next few weeks as he drops a Tottenham Hotspur claim.
The Lowdown: Spurs ramp up Vlahovic interest…
Numerous sources over this past week have detailed Tottenham’s stance on re-entering the race for their summer target and it’s safe to say that the interest is still very much alive.
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After a reported bid by Fabio Paratici to bring him to north London (Fanta Calcio), the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte has seen Tottenham re-emerge as serious contenders.
Indeed, TUTTOmercatoWEB suggested last week that both Conte and Spurs’ managing director have ‘agreed’ to target the 21-year-old as a potential replacement for superstar Harry Kane, who ‘should leave’ next summer.
Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) stated that a meeting and transfer talks have already been held in London as Spurs and Fiorentina chiefs discuss a potential €70m (£59.9m) deal.
The Latest: Bucchioni drops Spurs claim…
Writing for Firenze Viola, Bucchioni somewhat backs these recent claims of Tottenham’s interest, stating that the Lilywhites have ‘moved’ for Vlahovic alongside the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.
He believed that Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are the main contenders from Europe and that more clubs could still enter the race to sign him, explaining that there are those who speak of a summit between the 21-year-old and his agent to decide the best course of action over a move away.
Extending his stay at Fiorentina is deemed ‘unthinkable’ as things stand but the player’s ‘management’ would prefer him to see out 2021/22 with La Viola and leave permanently next summer.
As the striker decides his future in ‘addition to leaving’ his current club, Bucchioni believes we will know more ‘over the next few weeks’, with Vlahovic’s agent Darko Ristic currently not answering the phone to any club – not even Fiorentina.
The Verdict: Perfect target…
His 21-goal tally in Serie A alone last season is just one of many reasons for Spurs to swoop and get a possible deal done, whether its in January or indeed next summer.
Lauded as a ‘really crazy’ player by former Premier League striker Valeri Bojinov, the fact that he has officially refused new contract offers to make him the highest-paid player in Fiorentina’s history is also incentive for Spurs to move.
Vlahovic’s current contract expires in 2023, so the Serie A club are slowly running out of time to make a significant amount of money off his sale, and this may well strengthen Paratici’s negotiating stance.
Valued at around £45m by Transfermarkt, any figure in and around this amount would surely be a bargain given his age, potential for sell-on value and red-hot form.
The Serbia international has continued to turn heads with 10 goals and an assist in 13 outings so far this season, marking him out as one of Europe’s most prolific target men right now.
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