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Levy ready to sign the cheque as Tottenham close on ‘credible’ club-record transfer

James Marshment
Daniel Levy, Tottenham chairman

Tottenham’s prospects of winning the race to seal the Dusan Vlahovic transfer have been given a significant boost – with the club reportedly the “most credible option” for the in-demand Serbian striker.

The Serbian, 21, is fast becoming one of European football’s hottest properties. Vlahovic enjoyed a breakthrough season last year when bagging 21 league goals for Fiorentina. Proving he is not a one-season wonder, Vlahovic has taken his game to greater heights this term.

He is operating at around a goal-per-game for La Viola this term with 18 goals in 19 matches. That type of return is enough to make Europe’s elite stand up and take note.

Accordingly, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham are all reportedly casting admiring glances towards Vlahovic.

And with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023 and no new deal on the horizon, Fiorentina are likely to cash in some time soon.

Vlahovic had been touted as a potential successor to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal. The 32-year-old is in the wilderness after being relieved of the captain’s armband.

A bid of around £68m had been speculated as enough to secure a Vlahovic transfer. However, Goal then reported Vlahovic’s stellar form has seen that figure rise to £85m.

However, it is Tottenham’s need who might be the greater. With links for Harry Kane and Manchester City refusing to fade, they may soon need another promiment goalscorer.

Agent talks up Dusan Vlahovic transfer

And now their prospects of a deal have been given a huge lift by agent Stefano Antonelli.

He claims Spurs are emerging as the “most credible option” for the Serbian. With Antonio Conte at the helm, he suggests a move to Tottenham appeals for Vlahovic.

Furthermore, Fabio Paratici’s strong links in the Italian game tips the scales in their favour. In addition, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is seemingly ready to sign the cheque for the striker.

Arsenal, Tottenham told to stump up a further €20m for Vlahovic

Tottenham will have to fend off Arsenal if they want to sign Dusan Vlahovic. Both North London clubs need a striker as futures of Kane and Aubameyang are all but certain

And while Antonelli, speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, expects Vlahovic to sign, he reckons the deal won’t, however, go through until the summer.

“Vlahovic’s story with the Viola from a contractual point of view should be considered closed at the moment,” he said.

“But I expect him to leave more in the summer than in January.

“It (Tottenham) is the most credible solution. Today, Newcastle would do crazy things for a player like that, but Tottenham has much more appeal.”

Micah Richards a huge fan of Vlahovic

One man who cannot wait to see Vlahovic in the Premier League is former Man City and Fiorentina man Micah Richards.

While appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said (via Daily Mail): “I have watched him a couple of times now. He is lightning. It’s ridiculous.

“He has got 16 [goals] in 18 [games] this season. His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

Wherever he ends up, it seems a move away from Italy looks likely in 2022 inspite of Fiorentina’s best efforts.

Fiorentina chief executive Joe Barone said recently: “We’ve offered Vlahovic the highest contract ever in the history of Fiorentina, several times.

“Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table.”

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