Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in a move to bring Dusan Vlahovic to north London this summer is “concrete.”
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a claim made by Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Carlo Laudisa, who revealed in a recent interview with Radio Bruno (via Viola News) that Tottenham’s interest in the Fiorentina centre-forward is very much genuine.
The journalist went on to claim that making an offer matching the €60m (£51m) asking price of the 21-year-old would not be a problem for Spurs should they go on to sanction the €120m (£103m) sale of Harry Kane this summer amid interest from Manchester City.
Finally, Laudisa claimed that the Serbia international has no intention of signing a new deal at the Artemio Franchi Stadium, with the striker still having two years left to run on his current contract with La Viola.
He said: “It’s understandable that Tottenham, with Kane in the sights of Manchester City, look around: Fiorentina have said no for now, but the €60m value can be dangerous.
“I don’t like to venture into predictions, I limit myself to facts, and the facts say that Tottenham’s interest is concrete.
“If the English club were to collect more than €120m for Kane, they would have no problem offering €60m for Vlahovic. His contract? For months, I have received a very specific signal that cannot be ignored: for now, there is no intention of renewing.”
Vlahovic could be Kane’s heir
Considering the remarkable goalscoring form Vlahovic found for Fiorentina last season, it is an easy argument to make that the 21-year-old could well be Harry Kane’s heir apparent if the England captain takes leave of the club.
Indeed, over his 37 Serie A appearances for Vincenzo Italiano’s side last season, the £36m-rated man scored a whopping 21 goals, registered three assists and created three big chances for his teammates, along with taking 2.3 shots and making 0.5 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man who Forza Italian Football editor-in-chief Conor Clancy dubbed a “complete number nine” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as Fiorentina’s joint second-best performer in Serie A.
While it is true these returns do not quite match up to Kane’s 23 goals and 14 assists in the Premier League last season, the fact that the Vlahovic is six years Kane’s junior would seem to indicate that the youngster still has plenty of scope for further improvement.
Despite his tender age – with Clancy going on to claim that the 21-year-old is “strong, can link play up [and] can hold the ball up,” as well as stating that he expects the Serbian to “score every time he plays” – these would all appear to be traits shared with the Tottenham talisman.
As such, should Kane indeed move onto pastures new this summer, it would seem as if Spurs could do a lot worse than signing Vlahovic as the 27-year-old’s replacement.