Dusan Vlahovic has reappeared on Chelsea’s radar as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of the new season.
Vlahovic, a 23-year-old striker, has been linked with a departure from Juventus recently. However, with just over a week left in the transfer window, finalizing a deal might prove challenging.
Last season, Vlahovic made 27 appearances for Juventus in Serie A, managing to score 10 times.
This season, he has started with renewed vigor, finding the net on the opening weekend.
FootballTransfers reports that West Ham is in talks with Romelu Lukaku about a move to London Stadium, receiving positive signals from the player’s representatives.
It appears that David Moyes’ team is leading the race to sign Lukaku, who was once considered a potential part of a player-plus-cash swap with Vlahovic.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Vlahovic has hit a setback.
Despite being briefly linked with Stamford Bridge this summer, the striker’s high salary has reportedly deterred progress in negotiations.
Allegedly earning around £214,000-per-week at Juventus, his contract runs until 2026.
Juventus seems open to considering “impossible to refuse bids” for Vlahovic due to financial circumstances, as stated by their manager, Massimiliano Allegri.
The club’s valuation for Vlahovic reportedly clashes with Chelsea’s offer, with a significant gap in their respective figures.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has joined the fray, with Fabrizio Romano indicating PSG’s direct contact over a potential summer transfer for Vlahovic.
Tottenham Hotspur also shows interest, particularly if Harry Kane departs, according to Foot Mercato.
While negotiations between Chelsea and Juventus remain unconfirmed, the situation’s complexity has led Mauricio Pochettino to focus on his team’s performance.
Massimo Brambati, an Italian football agent, believes Juventus will consider offers from top clubs including Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid.
Reports suggest Juventus faces potential sporting sanctions and Vlahovic’s reported dissatisfaction under Max Allegri might trigger a January exit.
Manchester United has joined the pursuit, eyeing Vlahovic as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Arsenal’s interest in Vlahovic seems to have resurfaced, albeit amid prior frustrations in their attempts to secure him.
Mikel Arteta is actively seeking reinforcements for his squad, with discreet discussions reported to have taken place during the World Cup.
In the midst of this transfer saga, Vlahovic’s future remains uncertain, with multiple clubs vying for his signature as the transfer window countdown continues.