It is an open secret that Manchester City need to sign a striker.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and Serbian media, Manchester City have joined the hunt for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
The 21-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Fiorentina spent 1.95 million euros to sign the Serbia international from Partizan in the summer of 2018. The 21-year-old has two years left on his current contract which expires in 2023.
The striker banged in 16 goals and provided 2 assists in 34 matches this season across all fronts showcasing just how influential he has been in the final third.
The 21-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in Serbia. Vlahovic has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 2 goals in 7 senior appearances for the Serbia national team.
His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.
Adding a striker remains City’s top priority this summer and Pep Guardiola will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
The Premier League giants have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Guardiola is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.
Dusan Vlahovic is a traditional number nine, having all types of finishes in his locker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Guardiola’s side.
According to the report, “Manchester City are the latest Premier League club to join the race for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. Recent reports indicated that London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal were in contact with Vlahovic’s agent. He may be a successor to Harry Kane for the former or a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette for the latter. But they are not alone in their interest. It later emerged that Liverpool and Manchester United could also be watching on. Fiorentina are desperate to keep hold of Vlahovic and are thus trying to extend his contract. But in the meantime, with just two years left on that deal, they are at risk of losing him. And now, another suitor has joined the queue. According to Corriere Dello Sport, Man City could launch a raid for the player. City have already confirmed that Sergio Aguero will leave at the end of his contract in June. He will be a tough act to follow, and it might cost a lot of money to find the right replacement. Erling Haaland has been named as a top target, but the Borussia Dortmund frontman is worth a nine-figure sum. Hence, they are now considering Vlahovic as a cheaper alternative.”
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Manchester City will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Fiorentina to the negotiating table. City have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Fiorentina would be wise to keep the Serbia international, but if they do let him go expect it to be for a hefty sum.
Dusan Vlahovic ideal fit for Manchester City?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Manchester City must improve their attacking options and the signing of Vlahovic would be a step in the right direction.
Although he may not be an immediate improvement to the squad, he could be a valuable signing for the future if he continues to progress at this rate.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Manchester City.
How strong that interest is and whether City will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.