The 21-year-old striker was linked with a move to the Etihad as Harry Kane alternative as Manchester City were in the market for a prolific striker across the course of the summer transfer window.
Having failed to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, and with too much competition for Erling Braut Haaland signature, Vlahovic has been regarded as a realistic alternative ahead of 2022.
But Juventus have won the race for the former Partizan star after an agreement was reached with Fiorentina.
According to the ever reliable Fabrizio Romano, Juventus and Vlahovic’s camp finalized all aspect of the big Serbian striker’s deal that will be worth upward of €75 million and see him earn €7 million net a season with his contract through 2026.
Dusan Vlahović to Juventus, done deal and here we go! Total agreement with player, agents and Fiorentina. €75m fee add ons included. €7m net salary per season. ⭐️⚪️⚫️ #Vlahovic
Vlahović will undergo medical tests in Turin and sign his long-term contract soon. Deal completed. pic.twitter.com/6JYaKTxZSG
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2022
Vlahovic, according to Romano, is expected in Turin this weekend for his medicals as long as he can test negative for COVID-19 after testing positive last week. If he is still positive, then Vlahovic will still sign his contract remotely, with the medical he took at the beginning of the season with Fiorentina still technically valid.
In light to the updates, many Man City fans as usual have reacted – here are some of their responses.
Was he a ‘target’ or was it just his agent name dropping City’s name !!
— Michael Lofthouse (@MichaelLofthou5) January 27, 2022
Then he clearly wasn’t a City “target”, was he?
— Mink (@minksfootie) January 27, 2022
Never our target
— #TxikiOut (@FinallyManfred) January 27, 2022
He was never a city target. We didn’t Make an offer what so ever. Stop with the city target shit.
— papite (@jgedeon1717) January 27, 2022
I seriously doubt Vlahovic was a target for us, that’s not sour grapes, he’s an excellent player but don’t believe he would have been a system fit for Pep and therefore unlikely to have been a real target.
— Maurice Kilbride (@MauriceKilbride) January 27, 2022
Sorry we got the better player pic.twitter.com/SVLU7jUKL6
— Moses Onduso (@MosesOnduso5) January 27, 2022