Newcastle Step Up Pursuit Of Fiorentina Striker Dusan Vlahovic

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to land Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic.

Vlahovic, 21, established himself as one of the most promising young attacking players in European football with 21 goals and three assists for Fiorentina in the Italian top flight last season.

The Serbia international has picked up where he left off this term, netting 12 times in 14 appearances in all competitions, and his barnstorming form in front of goal has attracted strong interest from a host of top clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

Newcastle, Juventus and AC Milan are all believed to be tracking Vlahovic and Arsenal have also been heavily linked in recent days, with Fiorentina increasingly resigned to losing their prized possession.

The Serie A outfit recently confirmed Vlahovic had rejected their offer of an extension – with the striker out of contract in 2023 – and the revelation has put potential suitors on red alert.

According to The Daily Mail, United are among those keen on Vlahovic despite the current uncertainty at Old Trafford, with Michael Carrick leading the side on an interim basis.

Dusan Vlahovic looks on during Fiorentina match
The Serbian is valued at around £60m (Picture: Getty)

The report claims the Red Devils have been keeping close tabs on the attacker’s progress this season and could step up their pursuit in due course.

However, it’s understood Fiorentina value Vlahovic at around £60million and are in no rush to agree a cut-price fee for the sought-after forward.

Vlahovic left boyhood team FK Partizan to join Fiorentina in 2017 and has rapidly become a key figure at both club and international level over the last 12 months.

The 6 ft 3 star made his debut for Serbia in the UEFA Nations League against Hungary last October and has since scored seven goals in his opening 14 games for the Eagles.

Dusan Vlahovic celebrates scoring for Serbia against Portugal
The striker is attracting interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs (Picture: Getty)

Vlahovic has refused to be drawn into the speculation surrounding his future and remains focussed on securing European football for Fiorentina.

‘We are all working hard and want to get back into Europe because Fiorentina haven’t played in Europe for many years and it’d be a great success for the club,’ he told Telegraph.rs following Fiorentina’s thrilling 4-3 victory over AC Milan at the weekend.

‘I think this group of players and staff deserves it and we’ll do our best to achieve some of the objectives we have set for ourselves.

‘I have reached a level in football where every little detail counts, so I am very careful with my nutrition and training routine.’

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Vlahovic relished the ‘special’ opportunity to play against his idol, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in Saturday’s dramatic Serie A clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

‘The game against Milan was like a dream. We felt euphoric, but then quickly started to focus on the next match with Empoli,’ he added.

‘Every meeting with Milan is special for me, because everyone knows how I feel about Ibrahimovic.

‘I do not feel that I am his successor, as I have a very long way to go before reaching his level.

‘Just the fact he is still playing at the top level at the age of 40 days it all about his hunger and character.’

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Source : https://metro.co.uk/2021/11/25/manchester-united-join-race-for-fiorentina-striker-dusan-vlahovic-15663672/

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