Since Jack Grealish signed for City back on 5 August, the transfer news surrounding the club has been dominated by Harry Kane. Even the possibility of finally getting their hands on the likes of Lionel Messi could not take City’s eyes off their Tottenham prize. But Daniel Levy of Spurs has held tight to his figure of £150 million for opening negotiations for the star striker, and with the window closing soon, City may have found a new no. 9 to consider.
The Kane to City rumours began before the end of the last Premier League season, and since there has been much speculation at who Spurs would target to take the center forward role in his stead. Lautaro Martinez of Internazionale has been the name most commonly thought to be heading to North London, but lately there had also been talk of young Serbian international Duson Vlahovic of fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.
Certainly Pep Guardiola and company have been keeping an eye on the situation with Spurs, and now it seems the young Striker from Belgrade has peaked their interest. So much so in fact, that City are rumored to be ready to offer nearly €80 million to secure his signature. How then does this new option stack up to the England Captain? Let’s take a look at the two by the numbers.
Kane is the known commodity here, so we’ll start with the England Captain. City supporters know Harry Kane all to well has been one of the top goal scorers in the Premier League for some time. He has three Golden Boots in his trophy case and has found the net 221 times in a Tottenham shirt. For England, he has tallied 38 times in 68 appearances. Kane is an adept passer and a willing leader as well.
Harry stands 6’2” tall and weighs 188 lbs. Kane turned 28 back in July and is heading into what many believe is the prime of a forwards career. Their is concern over his injury history of late as well. Kane has missed 21 games for Spurs over the last two campaigns. Kane is the proven performer of these two and he has scored some absolute firecrackers.
Vlahović is a young player. He has played in Serie A for Fiorentina over the last three seasons after transferring from boyhood club Partizan Belgrade. In that time, he has scored 27 goals in 77 appearances. He made his Serbian Men’s Team debut in 2020 and has tallied twice in 7 games. Fiorentina appears creative and athletic. He cuts the very figure of a center forward.
Dušan is very similar in stature to his English counterpart, at 6’3” and 183 lbs. Vlahović was born on 28 January, 2000. He was named the Best Young Player in Serie A for 2020/21. He scored 21 goals this past year and seems ready to take a big step onto the professional football stage.
At the end of the day, Kane is clearly the more pedigreed man. A bright spotlight follows Man City wherever they go, and some players are not ready for it. Harry Kane has been the focal point of a top-tier Premier League side, he’s played in a Champions League Final, and he’s captained England to their first major final since 1966. Vlahović has no comparable experience. But with his relatively inexpensive price tag, and Levy overplaying his hand, might City be better off signing the emerging star over the fully formed professional?