Arsenal have set their eyes on Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic to come in next season and lead their line for years to come, according to reports.
The Serbian international has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season and was recently on the scoresheet for his country in their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.
The 21-year-old is reported to be on the radar of a number of clubs including Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham who were linked with the player last week in Italian newspaper La Nazione. West Ham have also been linked with the Serb in the Italian press according to Calciomercato.
And it is not just English clubs that are interested in the Viola star. RB Leipzig, AC Milan, Roma and Atletico Madrid are all reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster.
With that in mind football.london has taken a look at what is attracting so many big names to the striker.
Who is Dusan Vlahovic
Vlahovic is a Serbian striker who began his senior career with Partizan Belgrade in his native Serbia following spells with both Partizan and their bitter rivals Red Star as a youth team player.
Such was his talent he signed his first professional contract aged 15, he made his first-team debut at 16 and became Partizan’s youngest ever scorer in their 75-year history when he scored on just his fifth appearance.
In 2017 Fiorentina signed a pre-contract agreement with Partizan and Vlahovic for his transfer when the striker turned 18 and he move to Italy in 2018.
Career to date
Destined for stardom from a young age Vlahovic become the youngest player to ever play in the ‘Eternal derby’ between Partizan and Red Star and is still Partizan’s youngest ever goalscorer.
Vlahovic scored his first international goal on his full debut having made three previous appearances from the substitutes bench and has now scored twice in six caps. For Fiorentina, his record reads 18 goals in 67 Serie A matches, including 12 in 27 this campaign.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic comparisons
According to former Partizan teammate and ex-Fiorentina man Valeri Bojinov, Vlahovic has compared himself to the legendary Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his physical presence and skill.
“I told [then-Fiorentina chief Pantaleo] Corvino to sign Vlahovic when he was 15 or 16,” Bojinov said.
“Vlahovic was crazy, really crazy. He used to tell me, ‘I am a Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Belgrade, I will play for the strongest clubs’. I liked his arrogance. I thought he would become a strong player.”
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How much will he cost?
With so many clubs interested in the striker Fiorentina are bound to drive a hard bargain in any transfer negotiations. La Nazione claim that the Viola will demand a fee in the region of £42m – £51m for the 21-year-old.
Although Italian website Calciomercato have the valuation at a much lower and certainly more attractive price to potential buyers of £25m.