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Chelsea Remain In Pursuit Of This Juventus Striker: Decent Fit For Pochettino?

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According to a report from Express, Chelsea remain resolute in their pursuit of Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic this summer, even though he comes with a substantial price tag. Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bolster his attacking options before the Premier League season kicks off and is actively seeking an alternative choice in the attacking third.

Vlahovic’s Exceptional Season In Serie A

During the previous campaign, Vlahovic delivered a commendable performance for Juventus in the attacking third. The 23-year-old showcased his skills with 14 goals and four assists in 42 matches for the Turin outfit across all competitions.

As the focal point of the Italian club’s attack, the Serbian talent displayed his prowess by averaging 2.5 shots, 0.8 key passes, and 0.5 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, his link-up play has room for improvement, with a pass completion rate of 72.1% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored). Nonetheless, his contributions have been impressive, solidifying his status as a promising forward in Serie A.

EMPOLI, ITALY – MAY 22: Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus shows hid dejection during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Juventus at Stadio Carlo Castellani on May 22, 2023 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Decent Fit For Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino?

Chelsea secured a deal for Christopher Nkunku last season, and he has now joined the team, along with the signing of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal. The duo has been leading the line for Chelsea during pre-season. However, Mauricio Pochettino seems not entirely satisfied with his current attacking options.

On the other hand, Vlahovic has demonstrated an ability to find space for himself and create scoring opportunities. His proficiency in providing support to his teammates in the final third is evident, although there is room for improvement in his pass accuracy.

Vlahovic’s addition would undoubtedly bring more firepower to Chelsea’s attacking department under Mauricio Pochettino’s leadership. He could even elevate the Blues‘ ability to compete for major honours in the coming years with his potential impact. At 23, Vlahovic still has his prime years ahead of him, making him an attractive and worthwhile target for Chelsea to consider during this summer transfer window.

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