Juventus are interested in signing Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic, but the Bianconeri are aware it will be almost impossible to get the 21-year-old in January, with Tottenham and Manchester City leading the race to secure his services.
The Serie A giants have only scored 23 goals in 17 Serie A matches this season, the worst record among the top ten in the league.
Vlahovic seems to be the right man for the job, being the second most prolific striker in Europe’s top 5 leagues with 32 goals in 41 appearances with La Viola.
The Serbian is Juventus’ No.1 option in January and is unwilling to sign a contract extension at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Fiorentina have offered him a new €4m-a-year deal and the club’s director Joe Barone has confirmed that the offer is ‘still valid’, adding that the club won’t change it.
Vlahovic would become the highest earner in the history of the club by signing a new deal with La Viola.
However, Juventus are aware that signing Vlahovic in the January transfer window would be extremely complicated.
Football Italia understands Fiorentina want at least €80m to sell their striker, while Juventus can only sign Vlahovic on loan with an obligation to buy. No coincidence, they are shifting their focus on PSG forward Mauro Icardi.
The best clubs in Europe have been linked with signing Vlahovic. On Sunday, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that PSG and Real Madrid have recently scouted the 21-year-old and, according to Tuttosport, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico are also keeping a close eye on the Serbia international.
Fiorentina rejected Atletico Madrid’s €60m bid in the summer, while Vlahovic is unwilling to join Arsenal in January. The Gunners are ready to offer a fee close to €80m, sources tell Football Italia.
Tottenham and Manchester City seem to be the club in pole to secure his services. They are both looking for a new striker and Spurs are willing to invest in new signings to match Antonio Conte’s ambitions.
Contrary to Juventus, they can also offer a permanent deal to Fiorentina, while the Bianconeri can only sign the player on an initial loan deal.