TOTTENHAM’s hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic appear to have been dashed amid reports of an Atletico Madrid switch for the Serbia ace.
The LaLiga champs are thought to be close to agreeing a fee for the Fiorentina striker, 21, regarded as one of the best forwards in Italy’s top-flight.
Tottenham, who play Wolves next, are looking to boost their attacking options with Harry Kane heavily linked with a Manchester City move for around £120million plus add ons.
And the North London side initially appeared to have been given a boost in their pursuit of the Serbian following Sky Italia’s claims of a £51m Atletico bid being dismissed.
However Italian paper Corriere dello Sport say the Spanish club have now agreed to a purchase price of around £65m for the forward who netted twice in an Italian Cup first round 4-0 trouncing of Cosenza last Friday.
This follows reports of Fiorentina’s own efforts to tempt the player to agree to a new deal to stay in Florence.
Corriere dello Sport say the deal would see the forward remain with Atletico until 2026 on a salary of around £2.56m-plus-bonuses per season.
Vlahovich, who moved to Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in July 2018, finished as Serie A’s fourth-highest scorer after netting 21 goals in 37 top-flight games.
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Arsenal, who are currently contending with illness and injury within their attacking ranks, have also been credited with an interest in the star.
With Spurs’ chances of signing the Serbia ace fading, Nuno Espirito Santo could turn to other transfer targets.
The North London club have been linked with a possible move for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.
However it is reported the Argentina striker, 23, wishes to stay with the Nerazzurri who recently sold their star forward Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
Tottenham are also thought to be monitoring Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
With the Red Devils’ signing of Jadon Sancho, the France forward, 25, could be facing a battle to start for the Manchester giants.
It is claimed Spurs have been long-time admirers of Martial who netted four goals in 22 top-flight appearances last season.
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