Tottenham remain serious about trying to sign Dusan Vlahovic this summer, despite Fiorentina hoping to tie him down to a new contract, according to reports.
Vlahovic is one of the most highly-rated young strikers in Europe after scoring 21 goals in 37 Serie A games last season. The Serbia international is now on the radar of some of the continent’s biggest clubs. Tottenham are firmly among those wanting to offer him the platform of UEFA tournament football.
Their interest has been confirmed by multiple outlets as they seek a new striker. Whether Harry Kane stays or goes, another option is required in Nuno Espirito Santo’s newly inherited squad.
To that end, they were recently said to have agreed a fee for Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez. However, such speculation was played down by other sources. Instead, Spurs may be focusing their attention on Vlahovic.
Even though Fiorentina want Vlahovic to extend his contract, which currently is due to expire in 2023, nothing has been signed yet. Therefore, his future remains up for grabs.
According to Calciomercato.it, Tottenham have a concrete interest in Vlahovic and could afford the asking price – particularly if they sell Kane to Manchester City, even though they are reluctant to.
La Viola want to receive €60m if they are to entertain the idea of selling Vlahovic. Calciomercato speculate that Tottenham could bid between €40m and €50m in cash, with a player included in the deal to meet the final cost. Davinson Sanchez, who has fallen out of favour in defence, is suggested.
Whether Fiorentina would be willing to operate on such terms remains to be seen. What is clear is that their owner Rocco Commisso would only accept a “truly irrefutable proposal”.
The Serie A side could be growing increasingly wary of Tottenham, though. Fabio Paratici is keen to raid the Italian market to strengthen the squad and Vlahovic is firmly on the wish-list.
Should he join Tottenham, it would give Nuno the flexibility of using a two-striker system. Alternatively, Vlahovic would be a ready-made replacement for Kane.
Spurs would also need to convince the player himself, though. He also has admirers at Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter. Although, he appears out of reach for the latter.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are capable of meeting the requirements for Vlahovic’s value if they want.
New twist in Kane saga
Tottenham would surely prefer Vlahovic to play alongside Kane rather than replace him. They do not want to sell their talisman to a Premier League rival.
Thus, their asking price for Kane is very high – so much so that it may even be beyond Man City’s reach. The champions have recently spent £100m on Jack Grealish; it may be too much to ask for another nine-figure splurge.
But they could drive Kane’s price down by following the same strategy Tottenham could use to land Vlahovic. There has been much speculation about City sending a high-profile player in the opposite direction.
While Daniel Levy does not particularly like swap deals, City could give him something to consider. However, there has been another twist…
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