Tottenham Hotspur may be on the verge of securing a replacement for Harry Kane…
According to Sport Klub, Spurs are leading the race to secure coveted Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this summer transfer window.
It’s thought that AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the North London outfit are interested in signing the 21-year-old but it is the Premier League, and subsequently, Spurs, he is closest to joining.
He is expected to cost in the region of €60m (£51.5m).
It would not be a surprise to see Daniel Levy spend big on a new forward before the start of next season and that’s because of the speculation surrounding Kane and his future in N17.
Back in May, Sky Sports reported that the England international had once again told the club of his desire to leave this summer. They, of course, do not want to sell him but this has alerted Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Chelsea among others.
In short, the 27-year-old wants to start winning trophies to back up his illustrious goalscoring record and he’s certainly more likely to do it at either of those clubs than he is at Spurs, who have not won anything since the 2008 League Cup.
He’s likely to command in excess of £150m, so Levy and newly-appointed sporting director Fabio Paratici would have a fair chunk to spend on his replacement and perhaps they have already found him in Vlahovic.
The 6 foot 3 talisman enjoyed a breakthrough year in Italy, where he found the net 21 times in 37 appearances, via Transfermarkt. And it’s no wonder he has caught the eye of many interested parties.
“[He’s] 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,” revealed Forza Italian Football editor Conor Clancy to 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.”
Indeed, this glowing endorsement isn’t too dissimilar to what you’d expect with Kane – after all, he’s been a well-rounded beast for years, only recently adding a phenomenal range of passing and creativity to his game, having provided the most assists in 2020/21.
An average of 3.1 aerials duels won, 2.3 shots and 0.7 dribbles per outing in the Serie A certainly suggests that Vlahovic is capable of backing up such praise, as if his impressive form in front of goal wasn’t enough.
The Serbian international has also been lauded as being up there with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland by Inter Milan legend Christian Vieri, who claimed: “I think that, after Haaland and Mbappe, he is one of the strongest in Europe. He has quality, technique. He is Serbian and they are all technically good.”
If the £36m-rated marksman going to be the next big thing, then Paratici must ensure it’s Spurs at the front of the queue to sign him and then maybe their likely blow to Kane won’t be as so devastating.
Levy must sanction a move for Vlahovic this summer.
AND in other news, Spurs have been dealt yet another cruel manager blow…