Daniel Levy is eager to revive Tottenham Hotspur’s stuttering season and could boost Nuno Espirito Santo’s attack with a transfer for Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic, per Calciomercato.
The north Londoners’ early results under Nuno have frustrated the Spurs Chairman, after three defeats in seven Premier League games. Tottenham had started well with three wins on the bounce, but rarely looked convincing with each game ending 1-0.
Tottenham snapped a three-game losing streak last Sunday by beating Aston Villa 2-1, yet needed a Matt Target own goal. Spurs once again lacked quality in the first-half following a shambolic showing in the opening 45-minutes at Arsenal. But also had flashes of promise in Heung-Min Son’s lively efforts and Harry Kane having slightly more success in a higher role.
Levy is paying close attention to Tottenham’s form with an eye toward the January transfer window and Fiorentina striker Vlahovic. Spurs would have the financial clout and readiness to invest in the centre-forward if I Viola consider selling during the mid-season market.
The Spurs Chairman’s willingness to spend positions Tottenham on pole ahead of Juventus, Inter and AC Milan in any race. The Serie A giants also want to sign the Serbian, but would lack the same financial power in January.
Fiorentina must decide whether or not to cash in on Vlahovic or risk him leaving for free in 2023. Viola President Rocco Commisso has confirmed, via Fabrizio Romano, that talks over new terms have collapsed. The striker rejected a large pay rise by not extending his deal.
Should Levy sign Vlahovic for Tottenham in the January transfer window?
Tottenham had courted Vlahovic this summer, as well, but Fiorentina were able to fend off their transfer interest. Sky Sport Italia claimed Spurs were ready to pay close to the sum offered to Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez. But their bid fell short of the €70m (£60m) that Atletico Madrid later agreed to pay, per Corriere dello Sport. Only for their deal to collapse.
Levy has maintained Tottenham’s interest in Vlahovic since, with Calciomercato previously noting the 21-year-old is their top target for 2022. Potentially hoping he remains interested in moving to north London, as the Express claimed was the case in August. Having shone in Serie A last season, with 21 goals in 37 games. He already has four in seven this term.
Vlahovic may feel he is outgrowing Fiorentina with his form earning transfer interest from Tottenham, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan. A state Udinese and Italy icon Antonio Di Natale suggested could soon be the case, via TuttoMercatoWEB, back in March:
“Vlahovic is a phenomenon, in a year he can play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. Fiorentina are an important club, but I don’t know if they will be able to keep him. His age in Serie A is one of the most ready. If he doesn’t score, Fiorentina has a hard time.”