Fiorentina confirmed on Tuesday that Dusan Vlahovic rejects their offer of a contract extension. Liverpool have a great chance at the Serbian phenom.
Fiorentina released a statement on Tuesday regarding Dusan Vlahovic. Vlahovic rejects their multiple contract extension offers, with his current deal expiring in 2023.
“During my time in Florence over the past few weeks, I have personally endeavoured to find a solution that would make both the player and the club happy, but I am disappointed to say that our efforts and attempts have not been rewarded,” said the owner Rocco Commisso.
Who is Dusan Vlahovic?
You’ve likely heard the name but there’s a good chance that Vlahovic has flown under your radar a bit. The Serbian only has around 12 months of great football under his belt, after all.
Few tipped Vlahovic for stardom this time in 2020 but December of that year saw an explosion. Having scored only two Serie A goals up to that point, the Fiorentina no.9 finished the campaign with 21.
Things just appeared to click for him and now Vlahovic is one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe. Fiorentina naturally wanted to tie him down to a long-term contract but he doesn’t want to.
That’s essentially him saying he wants a move and knows that any new contract would drive up his price. With the likes of Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly keeping tabs, per the Athletic, a big move seems set.
As for his profile, Vlahovic is a tall, imposing striker who’s surprisingly agile for someone over 6ft 2. He was scoring every type of goal last season which while that doesn’t usually feel sustainable, suggests he could be something special.
He’s still only 21, after all. If this isn’t just a flash in the pan, we’re looking at one of the best strikers in Europe.
That’s the issue with Vlahovic, though – we still don’t really know too much. He’s looked phenomenal over the last year but it’s a pretty small sample size for the fee Fiorentina would want.
So what about Liverpool?
The Mirror claim Liverpool have had eyes on Vlahovic but it’s hard to tell how serious they are. There’s little doubt that they’ve scouted him, though, given his form last season.
And so this contract rejection is exactly what they will have wanted to see. We don’t think there was any real chance that Liverpool would pay £70m+ for Vlahovic but with one year left on his deal? His price should plummet.
Liverpool will need to inject some fresh ideas into their attack at some point and a new centre-forward could be ideal. Vlahovic, with enormous upside and a cut-price fee, may tick all of their boxes.
If he performs well this season, don’t be surprised if Liverpool put themselves in the queue.