Having been linked to Tottenham in the summer transfer window, arguably one of Serie A’s hottest properties – centre forward Dusan Vlahovic is now being tracked by two Premier League clubs in arguably a different weight class.
Italian media is reporting that both Manchester City and Liverpool have reportedly thrown their hats into the ring to sign the Serbia international, with Juventus also understood to be monitoring the Fiorentina player’s situation.
City, who long tracked Tottenham striker Harry Kane throughout the summer are understood to be still in the market for an out-and-out striker and the prolific Vlahovic, who has shades of former City striker Edin Dzeko about him could well fit the bill.
Who would Vlahovic suit the most?
In terms of City’s style of play under manager Pep Guardiola, Vlahovic is perhaps different in his approach, however, for City, that could be beneficial, who at times look like they need a ‘Plan B’ to break down stubborn opponents.
There is no doubting that Vlahovic would offer them that in terms of how he operates; more in the mould of a traditional centre forward, than the ‘false 9’ that Guardiola has resorted to over the last 12 months. Though, pertinently a tactic that won them the Premier League title.
Not blessed with pace, but more of a physical presence, an aerial threat and a predatorial instinct, combined with a lethal long-range shooting ability perhaps makes him one of the most potent centre forwards of the future.
At only 21, his class and ability paint a stunning picture. Last season he scored 21 goals in 37 league appearances for Fiorentina, catching the attention of a number of top European clubs, including both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool is an interesting option and the way that Jurgen Klopp likes his sides to play, a move to the Reds could be wider of the mark. While there is no doubt that Roberto Firmino at the age of 30, may no longer be a regular starter in the central striker role, there are doubts as to whether Vlahovic could be suited to Liverpool’s high pressing and ‘rock and roll’ style.
Also with the player commanding a fee that will exceed £60 million, it could well be City who pounces for Vlahovic, arguably as more of a different option in attack, than Liverpool, especially considering the forward’s lack of pace which could concern Klopp.
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