Liverpool, Man Utd interest in striker has Serie A chief scrambling for flight
Liverpool and Manchester United have joined the race to sign Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina, according to reports – but the Serie A side are trying to block the move.
Vlahovic is beginning to fulfil his potential in Florence as he continues his third season in Italy. This has been his most prolific campaign yet, with 13 goals to his name in the league. His growth has made him a target for a number of Premier League clubs.
Tottenham are among the main contenders to sign the 21-year-old, while Arsenal have also shown an interest. Fellow London rivals West Ham have also been linked with the Serbia international.
But Vlahovic now has two more admirers – Liverpool and Man Utd.
That’s according to Tuttosport, who claim that the Premier League pair are showing an interest in the forward. Real Madrid could also launch a bid to take him to La Liga.
Liverpool have been looking for attacking reinforcements after an underwhelming campaign up front. Only Mohamed Salah has reached his usual levels in front of goal.
Diogo Jota has been a wise addition to their ranks and has put pressure on Roberto Firmino for his place. But with doubts about the futures of Salah and Sadio Mane, the Reds could need another option.
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There have been rumours of a return for Luis Suarez, but a move for Vlahovic would represent a longer-term project.
As for United, Edinson Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season. He could sign a one-year extension, but the general feeling is that he is more likely to return to South America.
In that event, the Red Devils will need to sign a replacement. They have been linked with the likes of Erling Haaland, but Vlahovic would be cheaper.
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His asking price is still high, though, with previous reports indicating Fiorentina want €40m. And now, Tuttosport have outlined further measures they are putting in place to ward off Liverpool and United.
The newspaper claims that Fiorentina’s American owner Rocco Commisso will fly to Italy as a matter of urgency to discuss Vlahovic’s new contract.
The former Partizan forward’s deal runs until 2023. Extending it would give them greater strength in negotiations and could see his asking price rise further.
Fiorentina drop price for defender
Meanwhile, the situation is different for another Fiorentina star who is wanted by both Liverpool and Man Utd.
Nikola Milenkovic is the player in question, with the defender also being eyed up by Chelsea and Tottenham.
He will become a free agent in 2022, so Fiorentina are under more pressure to cash in on him this summer. It is believed he would like to move to the Premier League.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, La Viola will only ask for €25m to allow him to leave this summer. That marks a reduction of €15m from the price they were holding out for last year.
Both Liverpool and Man Utd could consider a move. But it seems they will face more difficulty in their pursuit of Vlahovic.
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