Tottenham Hotspur have just been handed a major boost in their pursuit of one mooted transfer target…
Throughout the summer window, the north London outfit were regularly linked with a move for Fiorentina talisman Dusan Vlahovic, with the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath claiming that he’d be signed to play alongside Harry Kane, rather than to replace him.
Similar reports in Italy also hinted that Lilywhites sporting director Fabio Paratici is a big fan of the 22-year-old striker, whilst Calciomercato suggested last month that the Serbia international was the club’s top target for 2022.
And now an encouraging update has emerged on his future in Florence.
In a statement released by the club (via Sky Sports), La Viola owner Rocco Commisso has revealed that Vlahovic has turned down an offer of a new deal to become the highest-paid player in their history.
“As you know, Fiorentina made a very significant offer to the player. Our proposal would have made him the highest-paid player in the history of the club.
“We also improved our offer on a number of occasions in order to accommodate the requests of both Dusan and his entourage. However, despite our efforts, those offers have not been accepted.
“During my time in Florence over the past few weeks, I have personally endeavoured to find a solution that would make both the player and the club happy, but I am disappointed to say that our efforts and attempts have not been rewarded.”
Whilst the statement goes on to suggest that the 6 foot 3 forward will remain committed to the club as he is contracted for another 21 months, that shouldn’t stop Paratici and co trying to force Fiorentina’s hand.
Aged just 21, the young frontman has proven to be quite the prolific goalscorer in the Italian top-flight.
Last season, Vlahovic bagged 21 goals in just 37 league appearances and has continued that form into the new campaign, where he has found the net six times from eight appearances, averaging one goal every 118 minutes.
It’s no wonder he has been dubbed a “complete number nine” by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, who told This is Futbol:
“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.”
Indeed, Vlahovic has averaged 2.4 shots and 2.1 aerials won per outing this campaign, via WhoScored, proving to not only be a towering physical presence in the final third but one that can regularly be a nuisance in front of goal, as if his goalscoring record didn’t already suggest that.
By comparison, only Heung-min Son (3.2) and Kane (2.5) have managed more shots at goal, whilst neither can match his aerial ability – in fact, only Lucas Moura (4.2) has managed more than Vlahovic’s 2.1 duels won per game, also per WhoScored.
With him not signing a new deal at Fiorentina, it would be foolish to not submit an offer for the striker during the January transfer window. The £36m-rated beast would be a solid addition for Nuno, who is known to want to deploy a two-man attack in north London.
Spurs have been handed a massive boost here, so it’s now on Paratici and Daniel Levy to act.