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Newcastle United Have Identified This Serie A Sensation As Summer Target: What Should The Magpies Do?

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If a report from Calciomercatoweb is believed to be true, Newcastle United are keen on securing the services of Dusan Vlahovic upon the completion of the current campaign. The Serbian striking ace was in Arsenal’s books before leaving for Juventus. But he might leave the Serie A giants for Premier League football, provided the Magpies secure a Champions League berth.

Newcastle have emerged as an English powerhouse following the Middle-East takeover. The Saudi owners have injected a lot of cash, but gaffer Eddie Howe deserves massive accolades for the quick turnaround. He has not only improved every individual but also handled the new signings exquisitely so far this term. They have attuned to his philosophy and brand of football, and the Tynesiders, therefore, could become an exciting destination for renowned names similar to Manchester City’s resurgence a decade ago.

The 22-year-old Serbia international progressed through the academy ranks of OFK Beograd before joining Partizan. He made 27 senior appearances for the Serbian side but eventually parted ways in favour of Fiorentina. Despite a slow start in Italy, Vlahovic settled in quite well during his teenage years. He enjoyed a breakthrough spell in 2020-21 and went on to become the league’s best young player. His excellence high up the pitch earned him a £67m transfer to Juventus earlier this year.

Although the Turin club are having a rough run for quite some time, the Serbian has maintained his standard in the attacking third with 6 goals in 10 league appearances. They are slowly rebuilding momentum under Massimiliano Allegri and have climbed up to third in the Serie A standings. Vlahovic has been pivotal for them, particularly for his poaching trait as well as the sharpness in front of the goal.

Alexander Isak

Why Newcastle United Would Like To Have Vlahovic

Newcastle United splashed a club-record fee of around £59m to tie down Alexander Isak. The Swede had a majestic start to life in England before suffering an injury woe, but the Tynesiders are reportedly ready to include him in a potential player-plus-cash deal. They also have Callum Wilson and Chris Wood as the other ‘number 9’ options in their current set-up, however, the Magpies chief would love to have a player of Vlahovic’s profile given his expertise and prowess while spearheading the attack.

There must be many other suitors for the young Serb across Europe and the player, too, must assess all the offers before making the call. It remains to be seen though whether the Toon Army manage to snap him up in the forthcoming future.

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