Liverpool Amongst European Clubs Circling For Serie A Striker
There was a lot of concern around Liverpool in the summer when they didn't bring a new striker into the club during the transfer window.
Whilst Mohamed Salah continued to score goals at his usual prolific rate, both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino suffered a loss of form during the 2020/21 season.
Diogo Jota had finished a very promising first season at Anfield when he had managed to break into the famed front three.
The Portugal international's progress was halted when he suffered a knee injury mid season but when he returned he continued where he left off.
It was the back up to these four players where Reds supporters had the most concern and hence their desperation for a new attacking addition.
In January Liverpool will lose Salah and Mane to the African Cup of Nations leaving them reliant on Jota and Firmino.
Takumi Minamino had a promising pre season after his loan spell at Southampton but is still to earn the full trust of his manager and Divock Origi looked like he was about to be sold.
It was for these reasons why everyone expected a forward to be brought in during the transfer window.
There were many different links with the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Patrick Bamford, Jeremy Doku and Dusan Vlahovic all mentioned.
In the end however there was to be no more incomings to join defender Ibrahima Konate who had signed earlier in the summer from RB Leipzig.
News broke yesterday when Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso wrote a statement on the club website to tell fans of La Viola that contract talks with Vlahovic had broken down.
With Vlahovic highly rated across Europe this news would have alerted a number of big clubs across the continent.
Tuttosport have reported that Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus are all 'moving' for the Serbian international with Vlahovic, who scored 21 goals in Serie A last season, contracted to the Italian club until 2023.
La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that it will take a bid of €90million however to prize the forward away from Florence.
As to whether Liverpool would be prepared to part with such a large sum to secure the services of the Serbian remains to be seen.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have thrived with Roberto Firmino in a 'false nine' role so bringing in someone like Vlahovic may offer something different as a traditional number nine.
This story is likely to be one that runs and runs until Vlahovic finally makes his move to a European giant.
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