Tottenham to table ambitious player plus cash deal for sensational Serie A striker linked to Arsenal

Arsenal target Vlahovic Credit: Alamy
Arsenal target Vlahovic Credit: Alamy

Tottenham Hotspur are considering offering Japhet Tanganga in a player plus cash deal for Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports.

North London rivals Arsenal have also made the forward one of their top targets this January, so a bidding war could end up deciding the player’s future.

Nevertheless, Antonio Conte is allegedly a big fan of the highly-rated 22-year-old, so it will be interesting to see if Juve accepts Spurs’ proposal.

This is according to CalcioMercatoWeb, who claim that Tottenham are planning a bid that includes Tanganga and £44m in cash for the Serbian striker.

Vlahovic signed for Juventus on a £62.8m deal last January and has enjoyed a successful start to life in Turin, instantly becoming a key player.

So far, in 36 appearances for the Old Lady, he has scored 16 goals and contributed four assists, giving him an impressive average of 0.55 goal contributions per game.

Indeed, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri labelled Vlahovic as among the world’s best forwards when they signed him from Fiorentina.

Speaking in a press conference last February, he said:

“The club did great work. Vlahovic has scored a lot of goals and possesses qualities that we didn’t have and needed.

“Along with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, he is among the best centre-forwards.”

Tottenham boss Conte has said publicly that his squad is not currently at the level required to challenge for trophies.

In the attacking department, Harry Kane has been in excellent form as usual, netting 15 goals so far.

But, new signing Richarlison has struggled for consistency, while Heung-min Son has also scored just four goals this season, which is a below-par return for him.

With that in mind, Vlahovic could be an incredible signing if they can get a deal over the line. However, Juventus will not let their star man go easily.

This season, he is the Italian giant’s joint-top scorer in all competitions, netting seven times in 15 appearances.

Transfermarkt currently value Vlahovic at a hefty £80m and it is believed that Arsenal are currently weighing up making a bid after missing out on Mykhaylo Mudryk, so Daniel Levy will have to put his money where his mouth is to have any chance of signing him.

Letting Tanganga go in exchange for the forward is a proposition that Spurs fans would probably be keen on, as he has struggled for form and regular minutes.

Indeed, the centre-back has played just 67 minutes for Spurs this season, despite previously being touted to be a player with huge potential.

More to the point, with a value of just £9m, Tottenham’s alleged proposal of offering him plus £42m is likely to have very little chance of persuading Allegri to sell.

In reality, a bid closer to £100m is likely to be required as both Arsenal and Spurs look to add Vlahovic to their ranks this winter.

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