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Liverpool must be 100% on Dusan Vlahovic - he's going to cost a fortune

Liverpool want Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports in Italy, but he’ll cost a fortune. The Reds must be 100% on this one.

Tuttosport believes Liverpool want Dusan Vlahovic this summer. They’re far from the only ones, however.

Atletico Madrid and AC Milan both want the forward, with Juventus especially interested. Liverpool, though, are the only ones to make contact with his agents.

Who is Dusan Vlahovic?

Vlahovic is a striker for Fiorentina who absolutely exploded in Serie A last season. After scoring just six the previous campaign, the Serbian bagged 21 goals.

That was enough to finish fourth in the scoring charts and Vlahovic earned the Best Young Player award in Serie A for the 2020/21 season.

Vlahovic is still only 21, after all, and doesn’t turn 22 until the end of next January. This is a player with a lot of football ahead of him in his career.

Fiorentina won’t want to lose him, given his development appears on track for an even better season next time around. Vlahovic didn’t start strong and fizzle out, as some strikers do every year, but instead grew as the season went on.

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The forward had just one Serie A goal by December 15th but then scored in three back-to-back games before Christmas. He took his tally to nine by the time March rolled around and then things really took off.

Vlahovic went on a run of 12 goals in 12 games to end the season – a spell suggesting he’s only just getting started. This is a player on the up.

What would Vlahovic cost?

We can’t imagine Vlahovic will go cheap. In fact, the Tuttosport report mentions a minimum of £43m.

Now, on the face of it, that doesn’t sound too bad for a 21-year-old wonderkid. On the other hand, Vlahovic only has one season of success. He’s still very unproven and that money would be a big risk.

Juventus are apparently trying to work a way around it. They could try to loan the player first, as they did with Federico Chiesa. Then they could have a look at him in their own side or simply spread the cost until next year.

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There is one thing working in club’s favour, though – his contract. It expires in 2023, meaning this is the last year that Fiorentina could reasonably demand a big fee.

They will be fairly tempted to capitalise now as his price and reputation is very high. That will fall in a year’s time when he’s in the final season of his contract, while a sub-standard season could decline his value further.

Getting them to the table is very possible, then – it’s just a risk. If Liverpool want Vlahovic as their forward this summer, they better be 100% on him.

We’ve seen plenty of young players threaten to become good with one shining season before fading into obscurity. At what Vlahovic would cost, no club can afford that to be the case here.

Liverpool must be certain before paying that £40m+.

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