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Reported West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur target Dusan Vlahovic is a ‘phenomenon’ with the talent to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona, former Italy international Antonio di Natale told RTV38

While the Udinese legend aged like a vintage bottle of port, hitting goal after goal following his thirtieth birthday, Vlahovic is already a Serie A star at the age of just 21. 

The silky Serbia international has found the net 12 times during a fine breakthrough campaign at a struggling Fiorentina side, his performances catching the eye of clubs such as West Ham and a Spurs side looking for a striker capable of replacing Benfica loanee Carlos Vinicius in Jose Mourinho’s frontline (Calciomercato and La Repubblica). 

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According to CM, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have now joined the race.

But while West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham would undoubtedly represent a step up the ladder for Vlahovic, Di Natale believes a striker who once called himself ‘the new Ibrahimovic’ can aim a little higher. 

“Vlahovic is a phenomenon,” Di Natale said, via Tuttomercatoweb.  

“In a year, he will be able to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. Fiorentina is an important club but I don’t know if theywill be able to keep him.  

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“If he doesn’t score, Fiorentina struggles.” 

Clearly, Vlahovic doesn’t lack self-confidence or ability.

Zlatan himself would have been proud about the way the Fiorentina talisman took Benevento apart with a 34-minute hat-trick earlier this month. Not even La Viola legend Gabriel Batistuta managed to produce a first-half treble in that famous purple shirt. 

Vlahovic’s future is already causing headaches at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, with the £35 million-rated striker reluctant to sign a new contract unless he is offered a sizeable pay rise.  

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