Manchester United reportedly came close to signing Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic during last month’s transfer window.
Spanish newspaper Diario AS has reported that the agent of Dusan Vlahovic ‘blocked’ the high-profile striker’s move to Manchester United in January. The Premier League side presumably matched the Bianconeri’s asking price of around 100 million euros for the 23-year-old but discussions regarding personal terms never took place.
It is unknown why the agent of the Serbian striker put an end to the negotiations even after the clubs had agreed on the transfer fee. Juventus wanted to sell Vlahovic to a top Premier League side so as to attract a huge sum which has been the custom when buying players in England in recent times. If the deal would have gone through, it would have massively helped the current financial situation of the Turin-based club, and this was the plan contemplated earlier by them.
"But just when discussions were about to come to an end and the transfer was agreed, the Serbian striker’s agent put a stop to it going through. – Sources said to Diario AS"
Erik Ten Hag revealed in one of his press conferences during January that the club was in process of searching for a striker as they needed someone to replace the departing Cristiano Ronaldo. Vlahovic would have been an excellent replacement and a serious goalscorer but failing to secure him made Manchester United settle on with Wout Weghorst.
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The Serbian-born joined Juventus in the winter of 2022 for a rumoured fee of around 80 million euros and since then he has had a tumultuous time at the club. Though he has shined on multiple occasions, he still hasn’t performed up to his billing.
There are negligible chances that Man United will again go for Vlahovic in the summer as Real Madrid continue to assess his situation.