Liverpool have been linked with a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic as the summer transfer window approaches.
What’s the story?
According to an exclusive report by Inside Futbol, the Anfield outfit have held talks with the representatives of the 21-year-old and have also made contact with the Serie A outfit over signing the highly-rated youngster.
Vlahovic caught the eye with a string of impressive performances throughout 2020/21, bagging 21 goals in 37 league appearances for La Viola.
Liverpool struggled to live up to their usual high standards last season, finishing in a disappointing third place in the Premier League table as they let their top-flight crown slip without much of a fight.
While injuries to their first-choice centre-backs severely hampered Jurgen Klopp’s men, so did the poor form of several of his forwards.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were particularly underwhelming, with the usually prolific pair contributing to a combined total of just 20 league goals, 14 fewer than the tally they managed two years previously.
As the Anfield outfit look to rebuild their side and mount another title charge, adding another attacking force appears to be high up on Klopp’s wish list.
Forza Italian Football editor Conor Clancy has previously heaped praise on the Serbia international following his extraordinary form for Fiorentina.
“He’s really incredible, and it really caught me by surprise because I’d seen him play in the flesh a few times, and he scored a great goal against Inter, and there was a lot of hype in Florence about him. People were saying this guy’s the real deal, and I just couldn’t see it,” said Clancy in an interview with This is Futbol.
“He’s just a complete number nine, and I know it’s just off the back of one season, but he’s strong, can link play up, can hold the ball up, and most importantly, he’s scoring goals. He’s one of those players that when he looks confident, you almost expect him to score every time he plays.”
A move for the 6 ft 2 hitman would appear to be a logical move for director of football Michael Edwards then, and he could seal Firmino’s natural replacement by securing Vlahovic’s signature this summer, with the Brazilian looking like he is now past the peak of his career.