In great company:
It has been quite the season for Dusan Vlahovic; after scoring just six times in 30 appearances across 2019/20, the 21-year-old Serbian international netted his 20th and 21st goals Serie A of the season in Fiorentina’s 2-0 win over Lazio at the weekend.
The goals move him up to second, joint with Romelu Lukaku, on the goalscoring charts. Only five-time Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has managed more goals in the Italian top-flight than the young Serb.
Dusan Vlahovic is the fourth foreign Fiorentina player to score at least 20 goals in a single Serie A campaign 👏
— ACF Fiorentina English (@ACFFiorentinaEN) May 8, 2021
Suitors Forming an Orderly Queue:
His form has not gone unnoticed across Europe either. Clubs in Italy including AC Milan and AS Roma are reported to have enquired about La Viola’s frontman, whilst Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have also appeared amongst the frontrunners for his signature.
With Edinson Cavani signing a new contract (which you can read about here), Manchester United have seemingly ruled themselves out of any transfer battle for Vlahovic’s signature. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Fiorentina won’t let him leave cheaply either.
Despite only being valued at £22.5m according to Transfermarkt, the Italian club are thought to be demanding a fee of around €80m.
This price tag is sure to come down were Vlahovic to demand a move away, and with Fiorentina sitting in 13th place with three games to play, the forward may be looking to move to a club that can offer him European football ahead of next season.
It seems unlikely that any side will be willing to stump up that sort of cash this summer, especially with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland available next summer for 75m, five million euros less than the price set for Vlahovic.
Whilst Vlahovic is having a fantastic season, Haaland is a world-class talent that has been touted across the football community as the striker of his generation.
Erling Haaland release clause will be valid by June *2022* for €75m, as reported on @podcastherewego. Borussia Dortmund board are in love with Haaland and hope to keep him also on next summer – for sure, they have no intention of selling Erling for €75m on 2021… 🇳🇴 #Haaland https://t.co/B0AItRHDHZ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 26, 2020
Will anyone move for Vlahovic then? Were the price tag to come down, Fiorentina would be sure to have many suitors for the prolific goalscorer. At €80m however, that seems well out of the realm of possibility.