Tottenham are reportedly favourites to land a former Chelsea attacker, amid claims in Italy about the likely destination for in-demand Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
After Erling Haaland, Vlahovic is arguably the most in-demand centre-forward in Europe at present. The 21-year-old has risen to prominence with Fiorentina and is ready for the next step in his career. He is likely to make a big leap to one of Europe’s most powerful clubs.
For example, it was recently claimed that Liverpool would try to sign Vlahovic. The Serbian international has also attracted admirers at Tottenham Hotspur, although he is less receptive to that destination.
But with his stance on his future clear – he will not extend his Fiorentina contract, which expires in 2023 – a transfer will be likely next year. The Premier League could well be his next destination.
Manchester City have also been keeping tabs on Vlahovic after depriving themselves of a centre-forward with the release of Sergio Aguero in the summer.
However, Tuttosport via Sport Witness, are adamant that Vlahovic is destined to remain in Serie A. They claim that a move to Juventus looks the most likely scenario for the in-demand Serbian.
And while finances are tight in Turin, Juve will reportedly strike a deal similar to what they did with Federicho Chiesa. In that instance, that will see Vlahovic move to the Allianz Stadium on a two-year loan with an option to buy.
Juventus though will likely need to free up some space in their squad to accommodate Vlahovic. As such, they claim Alvaro Morata is the man most likely to make way.
He’s currently in the second season of a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid. They do hold the right to make the move permanent for €35m, though would be unlikely to take that up.
Instead, Tuttosport reckons Tottenham could bring the nomadic former Chelsea man back to London.
The 28-year-old scored a relatively-healthy 24 times in 72 appearances at Stamford Bridge.
However, like many Blues strikers both before and since, he was never truly accepted by the Blues faithful or management.
Morata never enjoyed himself at Chelsea
Morata has since admitted he never truly settled in at Chelsea and was glad to ultimately leave.
“I’d stopped enjoying football and now I’m happy,” the striker said. “The people that work at the club, my teammates… but I didn’t believe in myself [at Chelsea].
“In England, I had the feeling that when I missed [a chance], my teammates were looking at me as if I wasn’t going to do anything good. It was driving me crazy. I had a bad time.
“If only I’d been able to mature before 20-22 years old, but I’d never faced such a limiting situation. I told my wife that we were going to go as far away as possible in January. I couldn’t deal with this pressure.
“Atleti came up, I had six or seven big offers, and Chelsea wanted me to stay, but I decided to do what I’d been looking to do for various summers.”
As such, it seems unlikely, even at this early stage, that a return to the Premier League with Tottenham come to fruition.