As one of the hottest properties in European football, Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic is expected to be on the market this summer. Having seen Fiorentina fight relegation all year, and could still theoretically go down, the Serb is no longer content to stick around. Though a regular in the first-team, it is likely the Italians will need to cash in on their precocious talent before his contract runs down further.
The 21-year-old has been linked with various teams in England, though it is believed both Milan clubs and Roma would be keen to make a move. So, too, would Atletico Madrid. With the player has become one of the leading strikers in Italian football this season, he could command a fair fee as he moves on from Fiorentina.
Despite a challenging run of form for the club, Vlahovic has continued to shine when needed most. However, with such little support and the likely upheaval to arrive in the summer, it is believed the young star would like to move on before things get worse. The worst-case scenario for all involved, though, would be relegation: it would leave Vlahovic with a dimmed profile, and Fiorentina unlikely to make the same money back on their primary sale.
Will Vlahovic move to the Premier League?
Arsenal and Tottenham have both been heavily linked, but it is believed that Vlahovic would rather arrive in either Spain or stay in Italy. Seen as a technical and swift striker, it is uncertain how well his game and form would translate when moving over to the Premier League. However, having already shown suitability and aptitude for Italian football, he could be seen as the ideal solution for various clubs.
Milan in particular are keen to sign a new striker and reduce the burden on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite having the exciting Rafael Leao, it is believed more depth is wanted to try and keep the forward spots as deep as possible – especially with UEFA Champions League football to consider.
Meanwhile, Roma are in the midst of a rebuild and could need a new star striker to build around after the likely exit in the summer of Eden Dzeko. This might leave Vlahovic with a clear move to a European standard team in Italy who can offer him regular first-team football. It would offer a gap in a young, rebuilding side that would be unlikely to face the same competitive strains at Fiorentina are.
However, with so many teams interested, Fiorentina will be even more desperate to stay up. The loss of so much potential revenue would be huge for the club and would likely make it hard for Viola to build a team for an immediate return. Instead, the hope is that Vlahovic can spearhead them to safety, be sold on for a massive profit, and the funds invested in building what would likely be the first competitive Fiorentina team since the days of Vincenzo Montella was originally in charge.