‘Significant’ Liverpool, Man City efforts in vain as Euro giants lead hunt for in-form striker

Date published: Sunday 17th October 2021 7:21 - Jonny Whitfield

Dusan Vlahovic, Olivier Thill Luxembourg v Serbia October 2021

Juventus lead Liverpool and Manchester City in the transfer race for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to a report.

The 21-year-old has now enjoyed speculation over his future for some time, following his rise in Serie A. But as a result of his impressive recent form, he is now looking for a new club.

Indeed, Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso recently revealed that Vlahovic wants to leave.

The Serbia international has rejected a new contract, with his current terms expiring in the summer of 2023.

As for where he could move to, Liverpool and Manchester City have had strong ties to a move for Vlahovic.

Tottenham, guided by former Juventus transfer chief, have also had interest for some time. In fact, Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo reportedly wanted to partner Vlahovic with Harry Kane.

According to Tuttomercatoweb (via Sport Witness), though, Juventus lead the hunt for the striker.

The Serie A club believe that they can tempt Vlahovic to stay in Italy and ignore his Premier League suitors.

However, they will have to make a decision on Alvaro Morata’s future. The striker is on loan from Atletico Madrid and Juve have an option to buy him next summer.

If they do, their financial situation means they may have to sacrifice another attacking signing. Nevertheless, they would be bolstering that area if they did.

Tuttomercatoweb adds that Liverpool and City are willing to invest ‘significant’ sums in Vlahovic, but Juventus currently lead the race. The striker has scored six goals in eight games this term.

City’s reported interest comes amid their lack of a recognised number nine. While they won the Premier League last season without one, they could bolster that area.

Liverpool’s front line, meanwhile, will soon need upgrading. Mohamed Salah’s contract situation is dominating the talk at Anfield, but Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s contracts also expire in 2023.

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Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace

But while Liverpool have Salah in their ranks, they have a good chance at fighting for silverware.

The Egyptian netted his 10th goal in 10 games on Saturday as the Reds beat Watford.

Indeed, his goal was one of his best for Liverpool and rivalled the one he scored against Manchester City before the international break.

According to manager Jurgen Klopp, there is no-one better in the world right now.

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