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In-Demand Serie A Sensation Rejects Contract Extension – Boost For Manchester City?

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Serie A side Fiorentina has received a massive blow in their attempt to retain the services of striking sensation Dusan Vlahovic amid interest from Manchester City. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the new contract talks have collapsed despite repeated attempts from his current suitors.

City, meanwhile, are not the only club keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old ‘number 9’. Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on tying down Vlahovic in a big-money swoop and the latter, in particular, potentially identified the youngster as the successor of wantaway Harry Kane during the summer window.

Manchester City target Dusan Vlahovic celebrates
UDINE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 26: Dusan Vlahovic and Cristiano Biraghi of ACF Fiorentina celebrate the victory during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and ACF Fiorentina at Dacia Arena on September 26, 2021 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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However, this transfer saga has now taken a dramatic turn. With his current deal set to expire in a couple of seasons’ time, the Florence-based outfit might not be in a position to play hardball anymore over the asking price. Although Kane has been the topmost transfer target all summer, the Serbian might just become a more economical yet long-term solution to Man City’s striker conundrum.

The Skyblues are outright favourites against Burnley in the aftermath of the international break. However, if you fancy the Clarets, you will get generous odds from most bookmakers. However, if you feel that is not for you, then try your hand at online casino games.

City have scored five past the Clarets time and again in recent meetings but might struggle for goals against stronger opponents across competitions. Gabriel Jesus has been more prolific down the right, whereas the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Ferran Torres are not effective enough as a ‘False 9’. The poaching trait of Sergio Aguero is something they are lacking at times and the Citizens, therefore, must step up the chase for Vlahovic given his expertise while leading the line.

The former Partizan prodigy joined I Viola back in the summer of 2017. He soon got promoted to their senior set-up and eventually secured a starting status banking on his predatory skills. The Serbia international fired in 21 league goals last season and has notched 4 times already so far this term in 7 Serie A appearances. His physical and aerial supremacy, great sense of positioning and holding ability make him one of the most sought-after centre-forwards in Europe. A fee of around £70m should be enough to snap him up considering the contract chaos and the club must opt for a January move to get the edge on Chelsea in a potential title battle.

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