Despite Dusan Vlahovic being the leading scorer in Serie A, Fiorentina are in a hurry to sell him and some of the best clubs in Europe have opened talks with the Tuscans.
There are so many contradictions in the Vlahovic transfer saga. The 21-year-old was Europe’s second most prolific striker after Robert Lewandowski and is the current Serie A leading scorer with 17 goals in 21 games.
Despite that and a contract expiring in June 2023, Fiorentina are in a hurry to sell him, but Vlahovic wants to stay until the end of the season. How did they get to this point?
Fiorentina are no longer on good terms with the striker’s agents, who have rejected a new €4m-a-year deal. Vlahovic currently gets €800,000 per season at the Artemio Franchi and said during the summer that he would have signed a contract extension as soon as Fiorentina offered it. Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
In his latest interview with La Nazione, the club director Joe Barone confirmed that Fiorentina are open to selling their star in January, but why are they in a hurry to part ways with Vlahovic?
The Tuscans have already signed Krzysztof Piatek on loan with an option to buy and could use the money of Vlahovic’s sale to sign exciting River Plate starlet Julian Alvarez who is being chased by the best European clubs, including Inter, Milan and Manchester United.
Fiorentina is aware that Vlahovic won’t change his mind regarding a new deal at the Artemio Franchi.
They also think they will receive lower offers in the summer when Vlahovic will have only one year left in his contract.
Barone has mentioned negotiations with Premier League clubs and Football Italia understands Tottenham and Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have offered €35m plus Dejan Kulusevski to sign the striker in January, but La Viola are unwilling to sell their most valuable asset in a player-plus-cash swap deal.
Their asking price is €75-80m and they will try to send the player to the Premier League until the very last day of the January transfer window.
Nevertheless, Vlahovic will likely reject offers from England, choosing his next destination in the summer.