Tottenham told they can have Dusan Vlahovic in January… but must pay Fiorentina's mega £70m transfer asking priceNovember 14, 2021
SPURS and Manchester City have been told they can have Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic in January – if they cough up £70 million.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has told his new employers Vlahovic, 21, is the first big-name signing he wants, to ease the pressure on Harry Kane.
But City are also keen, and have regularly run the rule over the Fiorentina forward, who turned down a new deal last month and is out of contract in 2023.
The Italians know they will lose the 21-year-old soon, and want to cash in at a premium in the upcoming window.
Vlahovic, who hit 21 goals last season, has carried on his impressive form this term, with 15 more in 19 games.
He also bagged six times in his first ten games for Serbia and is keen to make a big move, with the Premier League his preferred destination.
City are still likely to keep their powder dry until the summer, when they are set to move for Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland, who is keen on coming to the Etihad.
Yet Vlahovic is still viewed as an exciting alternative, and while his fee would be similar, the Serbian would command substantially lower wages.
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The Viola ace's performances are said to have also caught the attention of Spurs' bitter rivals Arsenal, who are also on the lookout for attacking reinforcements.
Vlahovic's exploits this season have not just been recognised by prospective suitors, his international team-mates have also been blown away by his displays.
When asked of his team-mate's recent form, Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic said of Vlahovic "Good? He’s not good, he’s outstanding.
"I’m quite certain the stats would back that up, considering his age
“However, I think he’s the type of player who still gets annoyed when he doesn’t play well
"So he’s definitely going to get better and get the world talking about him, which is something I like about him.
“In both training and matches, he never takes it lightly when he misses a chance, so he has a hunger for scoring goals and winning.
"I like how he wants to prove himself, so I think he’s bound to become one of the greats.”
Vlahovic and his Serbia team-mates will be back in action this evening, travelling to Lisbon to take on Portugal in their World Cup qualifier Group A match.
He's then expected to resume club duties next Saturday when the Viola host AC Milan at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.
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