KEY POINTS

  • Tottenham has taken a step forward in its pursuit of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic
  • The Spurs are battling with Arsenal as well as other top European clubs for Vlahovic's services
  • The striker has earned comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Tottenham has joined an array of clubs chasing a highly-rated Serie A striker.

While Harry Kane is still Tottenham’s top marksman, the club could be eyeing to pair the England national team captain with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The Spurs, as well as Arsenal, are the frontrunners in signing Vlahovic with both English Premier League giants already made contact with the player’s agent, Italian outlet Corriere Fiorentino reported.

Aside from Tottenham and Arsenal, the report added that AC Milan, AS Roma, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid have also been keeping tabs on Vlahovic, who is in contract with Fiorentina until the summer of 2023.

It was also noted that Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has vowed to “do everything” at his disposal to keep Vlahovic.

However, it is believed that at the moment, the 21-year-old has little interest in signing the improved £33,000-a-week ($45,600) deal offer made by the Italian outfit.

The Serbian has been exceptional for Fiorentina. This season alone, he has already taken his tally of goals to 13, with the latest coming from the Serie A draw with Genoa this past weekend.

Even more interesting, Vlahovic is already earning comparisons to legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

In fact, according to former Fiorentina star Valeri Bojinov, Vlahovic himself once said he is the Ibrahimovic of his generation.

“He [Vlahovic] said he was the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’,” Bojinov told Transfermarkt last month. “I told [Pantaleo] Corvino to sign Vlahovic when he was 15 or 16.”

“[Dusan] Vlahovic was crazy, really crazy,” he added. “He used to tell me, ‘I am a Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Belgrade, I will play for the strongest clubs.’ I liked his arrogance. I thought he would become a strong player.”

According to Vlahovic, the apparent resemblance between him and Ibra “came so naturally” and he never intended to imitate the Swedish superstar.

“[Ibrahimovic] is a legend, I love him,” Vlahovic told The Gazzetta dello Sport last year. “It’s the first time I’ll play against him, well, it’s actually the first time I see him live.”

“My friends used to call me ‘Ibra’ because I walked with wide feet like Zlatan, but it was not to imitate the legend,” he continued. “It just came so naturally. I have been following the Swedish star since he played for Inter [Milan]. Then, I accompanied him as a fan on his adventure in Barcelona and the American experience [MLS]. And now at [AC] Milan.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are playing catch-up in the Serie A title race after losing their last two games Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are playing catch-up in the Serie A title race after losing their last two games Photo: AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA