Manchester United have reportedly taken part in the race to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic ahead of the upcoming transfer window in January.
What’s the story?
According to talkSPORT (quoting the Daily Mail), the Red Devils are now one of several sites keeping a close eye on the highly-rated 21-year-old after a series of impressive displays.
The original report says: “Manchester United have entered the race to sign the coveted Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic. Sportsmail understands that the Red Devils have seen the £ 70 million-rated striker who has impressed in Italy this season.
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“United have now joined several clubs to track down Vlahovic, with Tottenham, Newcastle, Juventus and AC Milan all monitoring him.”
Rangnick can be hit right away
With the new manager Ralf Rangnick officially confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s successor at Old Trafford, the 63-year-old can become a hit immediately by securing Vlahovic’s signature.
The Serbian national team player has gone from strength to strength since he switched from the boys’ club Partizan Belgrade to Florence back in 2018, and established himself solidly as one of the most exciting and promising youngsters in European football.
Last season, the £ 45 million-rated star scored a striking 21 goals in 40 games for La Viola as they languished in the bottom half of the Serie A table.
However, Vlahovic has been even more destructive this time around, scoring a remarkable 13 goals in just 15 games for Vincenzo Italiano’s accusations, and getting rave reviews from several impressed spectators in the process.
The young man’s unique achievements in Italy have seen him christened a “complete number nine” by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, while talent scout Jacek Kulig branded him as a “machine, ”Highlights his truly top-class potential.
With Edinson Cavani out of contract in the summer and 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo lacking the mobility to become the pressing striker that Rangnick wants, a switch to Vlahovic could be on the cards.
Whether football director John Murtough can oversee the extensive competition for the 6-foot 2 striker’s signature is still unknown, but Rangnick’s lure could tip the competition in United’s favor.
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