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Chelsea Are Eyeing A Move For This Juventus Striker: What Will He Bring To West London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Chelsea are eyeing a move for Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. It has been revealed that the Blues are showing interest in recruiting the Serbian centre-forward this summer.

Vlahovic’s Recent Form At The Allianz Stadium

Vlahovic is experiencing a campaign of mixed emotions as he has struggled to be consistent but has banged in a handful of important goals for his team. The 23-year-old has found the back of the net 11 times and earned four assists in 33 appearances for the Italian club this season on all fronts.

The Belgrad-born talent has caught the eye at times in the final third based on his average of 2.8 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 72.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Turin club is set to expire in the summer of 2026. Therefore, it won’t be easy for Chelsea to land him on the cheap in the upcoming transfer window.

Dusan Vlahovic
Juventus’ Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic reacts during the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals first leg football match between Juventus and Sporting CP, on April 13, 2023 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will Vlahovic Bring To Chelsea?

Vlahovic is proficient at finding space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He has got the vision to create some decent chances in the final third and can also use his strong 1.90m to win a few aerial duels for his team up top.

However, the Serbian striker needs to find a way to improve his link-up on the attacking third of the pitch. Plus, there are some concerns over whether he would be able to cope with the high intensity of Premier League football.

At 23, Vlahovic has still got a lot of room to grow as a footballer and could prove to be an ideal signing for Chelsea this summer.

The Serbia international will undoubtedly bring more firepower to the West London club‘s attack. He could even help the Blues challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League next season. Thus, the London outfit should focus on trying everything they can to lure Vlahovic to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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