Manchester City had their ‘€70m bid’ for Dusan Vlahovic rejected by Fiorentina this summer.
That’s according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport who claim the Blues made an advance for centre-forward Vlahovic after seeing their chances of signing Harry Kane begin to dwindle and it’s said that Etihad chiefs tabled an initial bid of €55m for the player.
It’s reported that Fiorentina’s owner Rocco Commisso made it clear that the 21-year-old, who scored 21 goals in 40 appearances last term, wasn’t for sale, though, and that the forward himself proceeded to give his word that he would stay for another season.
While it’s claimed that City offered €55m for Vlahovic, the article suggests it was actually a deal worth €70m with bonuses included.
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If those fresh details are believed to be true, Vlahovic is yet another transfer target that City missed out on this summer, however, they could attempt to swoop for the striker next year as it’s claimed inserting a release clause in his contract has been discussed.
Saul joined Chelsea on a season-long loan on deadline day, but the article claims that deal only came about after the La Liga champions tried to lure Bernardo Silva away from City with a cash-plus-player [Saul] offer for the Portuguese star.
It’s said that City rejected that bid from Atletico because they value Benardo at £40m and that Guardiola wasn’t interested in Saul.