The latest rumours swirling around Hotspur Way involve Tottenham’s purported £51 million bid to land Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
Italian publication Calcio Mercato broke the news of Spurs’ reported bid for the Serbian frontman. Though, as usual, there are a number of complexities that will probably prevent this deal from taking shape.
AC Milan and Atletico Madrid have also made official bids. Vlahovic has not made his opinion felt about which of the three clubs he prefers, but would certainly choose Juventus if the Old Lady decides to show an interest in his services.
Because of Fabio Paratici’s connection to Italy, Tottenham are at least in with a shot at securing Vlahovic’s signature. However, the 21-year-old would need assurances of a guaranteed place in the Tottenham’s first 11, which won’t be forthcoming unless Manchester City is able to convince Daniel Levy to sell Harry Kane.
Unfortunately for Spurs, too much time is transpiring while Levy ponders what to do about Kane. A decision on the talisman’s future will not be made until after England’s fate is decided, which could come as early as Tuesday. But as Levy waits to decide on Kane’s future, other teams will invariably strike while the iron is hot, likely beating Tottenham to the bunch.
A lot will depend on where Vlahovic wants to ply his trade. Both AC Milan and Atletico represent appealing options, with the former finishing second in Serie A and the latter famously pipping Real Madrid to the La Liga title.
The opportunity to play in the Premier League offers an appealing option for elite European players, which favours Tottenham’s bid to land the talented forward. Though Vlahovic won’t enjoy the prospect of being excluded from the Champions League, which could prove decisive.
The fact that Tottenham still don’t have a manager will also diminish the chances of convincing Vlahovic to commit his future to the north London club. Based on all the aforementioned factors, the prospect of Vlahovic signing with Spurs is particularly unlikely.