Dusan Vlahovic looks increasingly likely to stay at Fiorentina despite holding talks with Premier League giants Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, as reported by Calciomercato.
It this was a sign of things to come, then La Viola supporters can look forward to the new season with a degree of cautious optimism.
Vlahovic, the breakout star of 2020/21, scored seven goals in just 45 minutes of a pre-season clash against admittedly limited opposition on Sunday and, according to reports, the striker gets on like the proverbial house on fire with new Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano.
A few weeks ago, it felt like only a matter of time before Vlahovic was following Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi out of the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Tottenham also opened negotiations regarding a potential £36 million deal, with new coach Nuno Espirito Santo throwing his support behind Fabio Paratici as the London giants stepped up their pursuit of a man who, elegant and efficient in equal measure, looks every inch a Harry Kane replacement.
Back at Fiorentina, however, there is a growing confidence that Vlahovic will still be strutting his stuff in that iconic purple kit for at least another year.
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“Vlahovic is a Fiorentina player, a very important player,” said CEO Joe Barone.
“We are continuing to communicate every day and we obviously hope to reach an agreement with him as soon as possible.”
According to Calciomercato, Vlahovic already has an excellent relationship with former Spezia coach Italiano; the man chosen to bring some much-needed stability back to a club who recently bid farewell to Gennaro Gattuso after a grand total of 23 days.
Vlahovic is now expected to sign a new contract, complete with a substantial pay rise.
He is, however, insisting on a potential £55 million release clause – a fee that could quickly look like a bargain if he can build on last season’s 21-goal haul.