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Championship side Queens Park Rangers could have signed £70 million Serie A star Dusan Vlahovic when he was still a teenager, one-time QPR adviser Gianni Di Marzio told Lady Radio Toscana. 

After turning down the chance to sign a new long-term contract with Fiorentina – and become the best-paid player in the club’s history in the process – Vlahovic appears to have set the wheels in motion for a mega-money switch to one of the continent’s biggest clubs. 

Tottenham Hotspur might have ruled themselves out of the running – sporting director Fabio Paratici insisting that the super Serb is not in their plans (Football Italia) – but interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and more mean Vlahovic will not be short of offers. 

And nor should he be. 

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Arguably the most exciting young striker in Europe – well, apart from Dortmund’s blonde bomber of course – Vlahovic plundered 21 goals for a struggling Fiorentina side last term and has begun the new season in similarly emphatic style, netting six times in just eight games thus far. 

According to reports, it would take a bid of around £70 million to lure Vlahovic away from Fiorentina in January.  

No wonder Di Marzio tears up when thinking back to the time he missed out on a striker living up to his ‘next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ moniker. 

Why did QPR miss out on Dusan Vlahovic?

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“I’d start crying thinking about what Fiorentina did for him. I liked this striker when he was seventeen, I talked with a Serbian agent to take him to the QPR but the director, (Pantaleo) Corvino, anticipated me and took him directly from Partizan Belgrade, paying him 400,000 euros a year in advance before he arrived,” said Di Marzio, who used to work as a transfer adviser at Loftus Road. 

“I think (Vlahovic) will go to Juventus.” 

Vlahovic is not the only Italy-based striker who Di Marzio tried to take to West London. 

Former Argentina international German Denis was also a target after falling out of favour at Napoli a decade ago. 

Vlahovic, however, feels like one of those near misses that will go down in footballing folklore, like Michael Essien and Burnley, Cristiano Ronaldo and Arsenal.

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