Manchester United stand in Liverpool’s way of signing €60million forward

Corriere dello Sport report that Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all in the running to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic but only a ‘shower of money’ will see him leave.

The 21-year-old finished fourth in Serie A for goals scored, with 21 strikes in 34 starts across 3073 minutes.

Impressively, he didn’t suffer a single injury this season and, in fact, he’s only missed football through coronavirus. Granted he’s still young so he’s not exactly had much time to accumulate many knocks but it’s still impressive.

A new striker is desperately needed at Anfield because right now, it’s between Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi and as much as the Belgian will go down as a hero for his Champions League moments in 2019, he’s not good enough for the Reds anymore.

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with his medal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Fiorentina are in no rush to sell and are under no pressure as Vlahovic’s contract runs until 2023. One factor that may come into play is the player’s desire to leave and with his side’s 13th place finish, he might want to leave in search of Champions League football.

Of course, his own personal desires have little to do with Fiorentina’s resolve to hold onto him and as Corriere dello Sport claim, via Sport Witness, ‘monster offers’ are expected by the Serie A side.

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

Niccolò Ceccarini, writing for TuttoMercatoWeb, claimed the striker is valued at a whopping €60million despite only having two years left on his contract.

Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay €60million in the current market especially considering he’d still likely start behind Firmino.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Thiago of Liverpool applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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