Reported West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur target Dusan Vlahovic is ‘crazy’ and believes he could be the second coming of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Partizan Belgrade teenager Valeri Bojinov told CalcioNews24.
The Fiorentina ace certainly shares Ibra’s steel-capped self-confidence. Whether he can emulate the AC Milan talisman when it comes to pure footballing ability, however, is another matter entirely.
The early signs certainly look good.
Vlahovic has scored 12 times during a brilliant breakthrough season for an underachieving Fiorentina side, hitting the headlines with a 34-minute hat-trick against Benevento earlier this month.
His third of the game, a gorgeous first touch followed by a sublime 25-yard lob, was the sort of show-stopping moment Ibrahimovic himself has made his trademark during goal-laden spells at PSG, Manchester United, Barcelona and more.
And, according to Bojinovic, the 21-year-old Serbia international has never been a player short of self-belief.
“He was 15-16 years old (when I played with him at Partizan) and he was crazy – truly crazy,” said Bojinov, the one-time Manchester City youngster.
“I trained with him and he said to me; ‘I am becoming stronger than everyone, I am the new Ibrahimovic, the next striker of Partizan and Serbia’.”
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Vlahovic is valued at £35 million these days amid ongoing links with David Moyes’ West Ham and Jose Mourinho’s eternally-inconsistent Spurs side (Calciomercato and La Reppublica).
And, in a manner reminiscent to a young Ibrahimovic, Vlahovic is giving his bosses plenty of headaches at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The swaggering centre-forward wants a big-pay rise if he is to stay at Fiorentina. With interest rising from Italy and beyond, La Viola may have no choice but to meet his £40,000-a-week demands.