FLORENCE — The figure of Dusan Vlahovic is being talked about. The name of the Fiorentina striker continues to be a topic of discussion in the media. He is often associated with English Premier League clubs. Today he is rumored to be close to Manchester City. Tomorrow, it will be Tottenham Hotspur’s turn to accommodate him.
Paris Saint Germain is not left behind. PSG is considering adding ammunition up front. Vlahovic became the target of the wealthy French club.
Apparently, the forward is starting to think about another stage in his career. There are many big clubs waiting for his signature. This Serbian man refused to extend his contract at La Viola. His tenure at the Artemio Franchi will end in the summer of 2023.
So, who is this Vlahovic? Why would the whole of Europe want to sign him? The 21-year-old bomber was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He started his professional career at Partizan. One of the elite clubs in the country.
He became the youngest player to make his debut with Partizan on 27 February 2016 against OFK Belgrade. At that time, Vlahovic was 16 years and 24 days.
Subsequently, on 2 April, he scored in Partizan’s 3-2 win over Radnik Surdulica. He is the youngest player to make a name on the scoreboard in the history of the Steamroller. Vlahovic breaks Luka Jovic’s record.
“Rumors of his move to England started at that time. But in the end he agreed to go to Fiorentina,” the report was quoted as saying by the BBC, Tuesday (16/11).
One season later, there was an increase. He scored six goals from 30 Serie A matches. Then in the 2020/21 season, Vlavovic was difficult to stop. He scored 21 goals in 37 Serie A games.
The wonderkid continues to make impressive records. In 2021, only Erling Braut Haaland and Robert Lewandowski have scored more than Vlahovic’s 25 goals in Europe’s top five domestic leagues.
Still in calendar year 2021, Vlahovic is one of only three players under the age of 25 to have scored 20 goals. The other two are Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Apparently Cesare Prandelli was the first to make the striker’s taps flow heavily.
“I owe him everything. The coach gave me space and confidence when I was in a complicated moment,” said the owner of 14 Serbian national team caps .
Physically, Vlahovic became one of the giant assets of Prandeli’s legacy at Fiorentina. He is well built with a height of 1.9 meters. The striker is also able to protect the ball well.
“He moves a lot but he is a striker who shows a presence in the penalty area,” Italian football writer Daniele Verri told BBC Sport .
Later, Vlahovic began to be ridiculed by his own fans. It was the aftermath of his unwillingness to extend his contract at the club. In such a situation, he can still score goals.
“For me, he showed the mental strength needed to be a top professional player,” said Verri.
Liverpool have also been linked with Vlahovic. He could be a long-term replacement for Roberto Firmino. Other news says, the wonderkid has the potential to replace Harry Kane’s place at Spurs.
The new Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte, has seen Vlahovic’s appearance firsthand. Last season Conte gushed Inter Milan. Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and a number of other clubs are also monitoring the attacker’s situation.
The worst-case scenario for Fiorentina is Vlahovic joining Juventus. Juve is a local rival of La Viola. Over the years, several of Purple’s stars have come to Turin.
That includes Roberto Baggio, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Bernardesch. Last summer, Federico Chiesa lit the fire of hatred in Florence.
Us: Dusan Vlahovic
Born: Belgrade, January 28, 2000
Strongest leg: Kiri
Current club: Fiorentina
Number back: 9
Career club: 2016-2018 – Partizan Belgrade
2018-present – Fiorentina
National team career: 2020-present – Serbia (14 caps/6 goals)