Report: Liverpool circle 21-goal striker as president confirms record £35m contract offer
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Report: President confirms Dusan Vlahovic has £35m contract offer as Liverpool watch

Dusan Vlahovic won’t sign a record-breaking contract with Fiorentina. Liverpool reportedly like the look of the striker.

This comes from Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso. He says that Dusan Vlahovic is ‘making a mistake’ by not signing a record-breaking contract.

“What I will say is that this would be the highest salary ever given to a Fiorentina player, including Gabriel Batistuta and Manuel Rui Costa,” he said, per the Mirror.

“I told Dusan that he is taking a huge risk not signing this deal. We are offering him a five-year contract worth €40million [£35m].

“I had to work a whole year to earn what he would in two or three days. I don’t know how football reached this stage.”

Dusan Vlahovic has contract offer

The Mirrors article claims both Liverpool & Arsenal are looking at the Serbian. It’s no surprise, either – he’s been remarkable over the last 12 months.

Well, really, the last 10 months. Vlahovic has only scored two Serie A goals by December last year, only to finish the season with 21. He simply exploded into life and quickly became one of Italy’s most feared goalscorers.

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It’s form he’s continued this season, too, scoring four goals in six games. Though, a few have come from the penalty spot.

Still, the 21-year-old is clearly a player with enormous potential and it’s potential Liverpool could benefit from. He’ll be leaving Fiorentina if he doesn’t sign this contract, after all.

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Liverpool have a strikeforce that’s moving into their 30s, too. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will all be past that mark by the start of next season, meaning there’s a real reason to invest in a new young star.

Could Vlahovic be that player? We have our doubts – 10 months isn’t exactly a large sample size – but he’s heading in the right direction.

The big question will be price. If Fiorentina are willing to offer £35m in a contract, they’ll likely want far more than that to sell him. We’re not sure he’s definitely worth £60m+.

What is clear, though, is that Vlahovic is one to watch over the coming season. If he keeps up his form, Liverpool may want to be at the front of the queue – whatever the price.

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