Gianluca Di Marzio: Liverpool told to pay €60million for Erling Haaland copycat that would transform them

Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Fiorentina want €60million for Dusan Vlahovic, who according to Maxi Angelo, models himself on Erling Haaland.

The Reds need a new centre-forward. While many fans like myself want to see Roberto Firmino want to see him return to the form that saw him score 27 goals and assist 17 in 2017/18, those days seem to be behind him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and Ajax Amsterdam at Anfield on December 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and Ajax Amsterdam at Anfield on December 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

For now, it seems as though Liverpool could do with a new centre-forward and with Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho and Manchester City signing Jack Grealish, could Liverpool sign Dusan Vlahovic?

My best guess would be no and I’m sure you’d agree.

That said, after previously being linked with Dusan Vlahovic, the Reds have now learnt that it will cost as much as €60million (£50.8m) to sign the Serbian.

According to Maxi Angelo, a self-dubbed Italian football connoisseur, Vlahovic models himself on Haaland, who he studies a lot.

He says: “He doesn’t have the same pace though and is not as involved in the game as Haaland.

ALTACH, AUSTRIA - JULY 30: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund Looks on during the Preseason Friendly Match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bologna at CASHPOINT Arena on July 30, 2021 in Altach, Austria. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
ALTACH, AUSTRIA – JULY 30: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund Looks on during the Preseason Friendly Match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bologna at CASHPOINT Arena on July 30, 2021 in Altach, Austria. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

“Not a big presser. But so clinical, strong in duels, smart and has amazing anticipation. Love him as a player.”

Vlahovic is similarly clinical and while he would not be the type of forward that Liverpool fans are used to at Anfield, he would transform the Reds back into the terrifying side that used to tear sides apart.

He scored 21 league goals for Fiorentina last season and while that doesn’t guarantee he would translate that to the Premier League for Liverpool, he has looked like an incredible player.

Unlike Mane and Salah, Vlahovic is a pure no.9 and is very un-versatile but that has seen him make that role his own.

Aside from Divock Origi, Liverpool don’t have a real striker at the club and the Belgian isn’t really a player you would describe as clinical.

Signing Vlahovic could take the Reds to that next level and with Virgil van Dijk returning to injury, it would be so exciting to see what Jurgen Klopp’s side would be able to accomplish.

Of course, it’s very difficult to imagine FSG paying a fee like that without selling a player like Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane which we know will not happen.

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

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