Liverpool are looking at a deal for Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports. It’s one that would rip them from their comfort zone – though, that may not be a bad things.
TuttoMercatoWeb claims Liverpool are one of several teams hoping to do a deal for Dusan Vlahovic. That’s no real surprise in of itself.
Vlahovic is enjoying a remarkable breakout season with Fiorentina. After only six Serie A goals last year, the Serbian has 17 this time around.
But that only tells half the story. Vlahovic didn’t actually start the season particularly well – it’s his run over the second part of the campaign that’s truly remarkable.
Vlahovic had one goal in his first 11 games for La Viola this season. Then came a run of eight goals in sixteen games.
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And it got even better. Vlahovic had eight goals in his last seven games, with two assists thrown in for good measure. It’s absolutely outstanding stuff from any player.
Let alone one who turned 21 in January.
It’s no wonder that Liverpool would look at Vlahovic, then. They’re struggling for goals and here’s a young player showing an incredible knack for scoring them.
If Divock Origi were to leave, there would be a clear spot for Vlahovic to step into as the sole out-and-out striker at the club. And it’s hard to see that as anything but a big upgrade in both current ability and potential.
But there’s a catch, of course – Vlahovic could cost £52m.
Liverpool don’t typically do deals like this. When they’ve spent large amount, it’s been on player with years of proven quality.
Virgil van Dijk had spent a few seasons looking fantastic in the Premier League. Fabinho had established himself with AS Monaco, reaching a Champions League semi-final and winning Ligue 1.
Alisson had impressed at Champions League level, too, and looked elite for a couple of years.
There’s one real exception to this – Naby Keita. Liverpool struck a big deal for him after just one Bundesliga season. He’s also the only one of the names mentioned who hasn’t really worked out.
Spending big on Vlahovic would be a step out of the comfort zone, then. He’s not proven over anything other than half a season and that’s not really worth £52m.
But on the other hand, that’s a potential bargain if he’s as good as he looks. You’re quickly talking figures over £100m if he shows this form next year, too.
We don’t expect Liverpool to move for Vlahovic – not at this price-point. But at a time when they’re struggling for goals and need to invest in the future, it may well be tempting.
And perhaps this kind of risk is exactly what they need right now? A leap into the dark with promises of an elite goalscorer for the long-term.