Vlahovic completes Juventus move

Serbian striker signs four-year deal with Italian club, worth up to 90 million euros

AFP January 30, 2022


Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic has completed his transfer to Juventus from Serie A rivals Fiorentina on a four-year deal worth up to 90 million euros, the Turin club confirmed on Friday, hailing the arrival of a "lethal finisher".

Vlahovic, who turned 22 years on Friday, has been the revelation of the first half of the season in Italy and is the league's joint-top scorer with Ciro Immobile on 17 goals.

Juventus announced the signing of Vlahovic in a deal worth 70 million euros, in addition to 11.6 million euros costs and bonuses up to a maximum of 10 million euros.

The contract runs until 30 June 2026.

The record 36-time Italian champions' attack has been weakened by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United and a season-ending injury to Federico Chiesa.

Juve sits fifth in the table and has scored only 34 goals in 23 Serie matches, the 11th-best in the division.

"Twenty goals in 24 appearances, between Serie A and Coppa Italia, in the first part of the 2021/2022 season," wrote Juventus on their website.

"Those numbers rise to 41 in 64 appearances if totalled with those from the 2020/2021 season.

"Any player boasting stats like these can be summed up in two words: lethal finisher - or, if you prefer, Dusan Vlahovic, now officially at Juventus - what better way to celebrate your 22nd birthday?"

The youngster, who has often been compared to AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, arrived at Juventus for a medical earlier on Friday and takes Ronaldo's number seven jersey.

"It would be reductive to describe Dusan as simply a force of nature," Juventus continued.

"In addition to his physical prowess, he displays outstanding technique, power, class, and all importantly, a clinical coldness in front of goal."

Vlahovic at 16 became the youngest ever player to play for his local club, Partizan Belgrade, joining Fiorentina in the summer of 2018 and flourishing in the Italian system.

"In less time than expected, he grasped the demands of football in Italy and adapted his individual playing style to the rigors of Calcio," Juventus added.

"Season 2020/21 was the year Dusan definitively exploded onto the scene.”


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