A combination of reports suggests that Liverpool are in talks to sign Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic whose contract expires in 2023.
Inside Futbol claimed earlier this week that the Reds have held talks with his agent while AC Milan and AS Roma are also interested in signing the forward.
Now, according to Niccolò Ceccarini, writing in yesterday’s column for TuttoMercatoWeb, the striker is valued at a whopping €60million despite only having two years left on his contract.
What would Vlahovic bring to Liverpool’s attack?
It goes without saying that, at 1.9m (6ft3), he’s not exactly the type of forward Liverpool are usually inclined to go for. Divock Origi is also quite tall (1.85m or 6ft1) but the Belgian is also not the best forward at the club.
By far the best part of Vlahovic’s game is what makes Zlatan Ibrahimovic one of the deadliest forwards in Serie A even despite the fact that he’s 39 years old and that’s his ability to finish with one touch.
Failing that, he’s able to bring the ball down even in the most disadvantageous positions before slotting home.
His third goal against Benevento was a peach. He muscled off a defender and coolly controlled a goal kick before sliding past his man and then, under pressure from three defenders, he curled the ball into the top corner from all of 30 yards.
€60million is too much but Vlahovic is going all the way to the top
Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay €60million in the current market. This week saw the Anfield outfit declare a loss of £46million for the financial year ending on 31st May 2020.
That said, Vlahovic is going all the way to the top. There’s no guarantee that he’ll reach the same heights as Ibrahimovic has during his long career but if he becomes half the player the Swede was at his peak, the ‘Purple Bomber’ will be a class striker.
At 21, he’s got most of his career ahead of him. Liverpool aren’t exactly the ideal club for a man with his type of talents but it would be quite interesting to see how Klopp would utilise him.
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold would have a field day crossing to him.
Why are Liverpool so keen to sign a forward despite financial constraints?
Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Takumi Minamino could all leave the club this summer for a range of reasons with the common theme being that the route to playing regular football at Anfield is blocked.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have had sub-par seasons but both remain world-class players and the aforementioned quartet are still below them in the pecking order, with Wilson and Minamino out on loan already.