Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb (as relayed by Sport Witness), Watford chief Cristiano Giaretta has backed Dusan Vlahovic to join Tottenham in the near future.
The Lowdown: Vlahovic highly sought after
As we arrive at the half way mark of the season, it seems that every major club across Europe has been linked with a move for Fiorentina striker Vlahovic, and a link that consistently cropped up during 2021 was a switch to north London.
A whole host of Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in securing the services of the Serbia international, including the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, but the Lilywhites appear to be favourites, with some claims in Italy believing Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici have ‘agreed‘ on signing the striker.
The 21-year-old has been in breath-taking form this season, scoring 16 goals in 20 league games for Fiorentina, and he has also netted seven times in 14 games for his country.
The Latest: Vlahovic tipped to sign for Spurs
Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb (as relayed by Sport Witness), Watford director of sport Giaretta has backed Vlahovic to sign for Tottenham in the near future.
In the interview, Giaretta was asked whether Vlahovic can be the ‘right man for Tottenham’.
“Conte is a pretentious coach. From an attacker, he also wants running, defensive phase. Vlahovic is complete, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at Tottenham,” he said.
The Verdict: Encouraging but costly
With such vast interest circulating around Vlahovic, it seems unlikely that Spurs will be able to capture the Serbian, especially as it has been reported that Fiorentina are looking for around €90m (£77m) to sell the player.
However, this price-tag may be worth Tottenham coughing up, with an out-of-form Harry Kane lacking in the goal department this season, notching up just a quarter of the top flight goals that the towering Serb has managed in their respective leagues.
Vlahovic has previously been described as a ‘force of nature’ and it is this sort of physicality that often ends up a success in the Premier League – perhaps he could follow a similar development path to Diego Costa in London.
With Serie A experts considering Vlahovic to be the ‘complete number nine’, Conte and Paratici will likely have to pull out all the stops to get such a costly move done, but it could just be worth it for a 6 foot 3 goalscoring machine with 37 strikes in his last 53 top flight starts.
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