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Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in high summer demand

As one of the most intriguing young striker in European football, Serbian international Dusan Vlahovic has gained major interest. The youngster has been hugely impressive since breaking through at Fiorentina, establishing himself as the crown jewel in the Viola squad. With the Tuscans weakened with the exit of Federico Cheisa, it has been Vlahovic who has played a leading role in helping to fight off relegation fears for one of the Italian games most storied, well-loved clubs.

Vlahovic, though, might not be around for much longer. The 21-year-old has impressed so much in the last eighteen months that an exit feels almost inevitable. The most prominent names linked with the Serb include Inter and Milan. The former is seen as the least likely, thanks to a deep striking pool and players who are regularly in contention to start under Antonio Conte. Milan is seen as a good option, though, with the club needing a rotational striker to fill-in for Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the 39-year-old is in need of a rest. However, Juventus were also linked as the club looks to bring in new forwards to complement Cristiano Ronaldo and co.

The most prominent name being linked, though, is AS Roma. The capital giants have become a key buyer this summer, with a new squad rebuild set to start in the near future. Roma are keen to bring in a new forward, with talismanic striker Eden Dzeko almost certain to leave the club in the summer.

This could see the Roman outfit make a move for Vlahovic, who is believed to hold a price tag of around €50m.

Who is Dusan Vlahovic?

Vlahovic is a Serbian senior international who, at the age of 21, is making waves in the Italian Serie A. the youngster has scored an impressive 16 goals in 34 games – hugely impressive given his age, lack of Serie A experience, and the relative poor form of Fiorentina this season. He has played consistently, and currently holds a contract until 2023.

Seen by man as the ideal striker for the modern game, Vlahovic combines pace and aggression with movement, technical class, and an ability to finish with both head and feet. At 21, he brings a robust physicality to the attack that could help to prolong attacks. Meanwhile, his aggression off the ball helps him to keep the opposition defence on their toes as he looks to break in behind or win the ball back quickly.

In short, the Serb has every attribute that is expected of a player who can succeed in the modern game. Seen by most Italian teams as the next up-and-coming star, it is likely that this summer will see a bidding war as Fiorentina look to begin a rebuild – hopefully in Serie A.

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