Tottenham Hotspur look set to reignite their interest in Dusan Vlahovic next year…
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, the north London club’s hierarchy have made the Fiorentina striker their top target in 2022 after failing to sign him during the summer transfer window.
Last month, the Express’ Ryan Taylor reported that Spurs were in direct contact with the 21-year-old’s representatives, also claiming that they were expected to table a formal offer before deadline day.
Evidently that did not come to fruition, but it certainly seems as if he remains a main target for Nuno Santo and co.
At the time, La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested (via Football Italia) that La Viola valued their leading talisman at around €60m (£55m), whilst Transfermarkt believe his worth to be in the region of £36m.
Harry Kane has committed to the club for the immediate future at the very least, so a new striker may not seem like it should be a priority. However, the England international does not have a senior backup option behind him and it’s believed that the Nuno wanted to deploy a two-man attack system.
By mounting a move for Vlahovic, sporting director Fabio Paratici could kill two birds with one stone.
The Serbian marksman clearly caught the eye in Serie A last season, scoring 21 goals from only 37 appearances, and he has continued that form into 2021/22 by finding the net five times across all competitions already, as per Transfermarkt.
Standing at 6 foot 3 in stature, Vlahovic has earned plenty of glowing endorsements – ranging from comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic to being ‘up there‘ with the talents Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Meanwhile, Italian football expert Conor Clancy told This is Futbol: “[He’s] Incredible,” before later adding: “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.”
Spurs have struggled to score goals this season, managing to win three of their opening four league games by a 1-0 scoreline, so there’s certainly a case to be made on why Nuno may need a new frontman heading into next year.
On the above evidence, Nuno would surely love to see the ten-cap Serbia international arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the likes of Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy must look to sign him in January, rather than next summer.