Tottenham Hotspur have not given up all hope of signing Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and view the Serbian as their top target for next summer, according to Calciomercato.
Spurs are preparing to make a new assault on Tuscany in 2022, after failing to agree terms for the 21-year-old. Managing Director Fabio Paratici had targeted Vlahovic in the recent market to bolster Nuno Espirito Santo’s frontline beyond Harry Kane.
Vlahovic had piqued the interest of clubs around Europe after producing a sublime Serie A campaign last term. The 6 ft 2 frontman scored 21 goals in 37 Serie A appearances to end the season fourth in the Golden Boot race with 45% of I Viola’s total 47 strikes as a team.
Tottenham held serious interest in Vlahovic this summer, with Sky Sport Italia noting they were ready to pay close to the sum offered to Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez. The Times reported they agreed a £60m fee with the Nerazzurri, but could not complete a deal.
Paratici could not agree on terms with Fiorentina, either, who Corriere dello Sport claimed accepted a €70m (£60m) bid from Atletico Madrid for Vlahovic. Yet their move fell through, as they refused to pay €8m (£7m) in agent fees, per Grand Hotel Calciomercato.
Atletico Madrid, like Tottenham, have also retained their interest in Vlahovic and could move to renegotiate with Fiorentina next summer. In the meantime, I Viola are still working on renewing the 10-cap international’s contract, with his terms expiring in 2023.
The Artemio Franchi Stadium side presented a €3.5m-a-year (£57k-a-week) deal with €500k (£425k) in easily-achievable bonuses per Grand Hotel Calciomercato. Which owner Rocco Commisso said, via TuttoMercatoWEB, was the most expensive ever in the club’s history.
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Fiorentina will likely have to sell Vlahovic next summer if the Tottenham target does not extend his contract. I Viola’s talks stalled as his agent also allegedly demanded a €2.5m (£2m) signing-on bonuses plus 5% of any sale fee under an €80m (£68m) release clause.
Vlahovic’s agent also demanded that his stake rose to 80% of anything above the clause if sold next summer. While the forward would rather sign a four-year extension than the five-year deal the Serie A side had offered.
Tottenham, and Atletico Madrid, may pay close attention to how Vlahovic and Fiorentina’s negotiations progress now the market is closed. He has kicked off the 2021/22 campaign in sublime fashion with five goals after four games across all competitions. Including a game-winning brace away to Atalanta on Saturday for his third in three league appearances.