Tottenham, Arsenal ‘testing the water’ with agent of €50m-rated striker

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic Serbia v Ireland March 2021

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have reportedly ‘tested the waters’ with the agent of Fiorntona striker Dusan Vlahovic over a potential move this summer.

Vlahovic has been one of the standout performers for La Viola this season, notching 13 Serie A goals. That has led to a number of clubs chasing his signature, including two of the biggest in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old currently has a contract until 2023. But with Fiorentina rating the player at €50million, they could be ready to cash in this summer.

Corriere Fiorentino, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that Spurs and Arsenal have joined the likes of AC Milan, Roma, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid in ‘having recently tested the waters with his agent’.

The growing list of clubs interested in the forward is both a problem and a blessing for Viola owner Rocco Commisso.

The problematic part stems from Vlahovic having his head turned by all the interest. However, that many clubs wanting the player could also drive his price up.

Tottenham are expected to be back in the market for a striker this summer. Current loan signing Carlos Vinicius doesn’t look to have done enough for a permanent deal, having only scored one Premier League goal.

As for the Gunners, it remains to be seen whether Alexandre Lacazette will still be around next season.

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But if Fiorentina do opt to do business then they would reportedly ‘start at a valuation close to €50m’.

That sort of figure may prove too steep for a youngster who may take time to adapt to English football.

To that end, a move to a bigger club in Italy appears more viable – if Milan or Roma can afford him.

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Tottenham suffer blow in Tavernier chase

Tottenham and Newcastle transfer target James Tavernier has signed a new contract with Rangers after declaring their title victory as the beginning of the new journey with the club.

The right-back has penned a deal that commits him to Ibrox until the summer of 2024. Tavernier has scored 63 goals in 284 appearances since Mark Warburton signed him from Wigan in 2015.

The 29-year-old, who has netted a remarkable 17 times this season, told Rangers’ website: “I am delighted to extend my contract at this magnificent club. As soon as I arrived six years ago, I soon realised how massive this club is.

Ryan Jack; James Tavernier TEAMtalk

“It isn’t a club really – it’s an institution. To captain Rangers to our historic 55th title is a memory I will hold forever. It is a privilege and an honour to pull on the famous royal blue. Adding the captain’s armband makes it even more special.”

Tavernier, who was strongly tipped to make a move back to England in January, is currently sidelined by a knee injury. However, sporting director Ross Wilson stressed his ongoing importance.

Wilson said: “We began discussions with James a few months ago but as everyone knows, we do our business quietly. We agreed this contract would be concluded once the league title was officially won.

“Working closely with him every day, we see his leadership on and off the field. As well as the esteem he is held in by his team-mates.

“Tav has grown to love Rangers and I know how proud he is to be captain of this club. Also how happy he and his family are in the city of Glasgow.”

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