Dusan Vlahovic ‘among four possible Kylian Mbappe replacements for PSG’

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic is reportedly one of four strikers on Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer wishlist amid uncertainty over Kylian Mbappe’s future.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic is reportedly one of Paris Saint-Germain‘s striker targets amid ongoing speculation over the future of Kylian Mbappe.

PSG were recently left shocked after being informed by Mbappe that he had no plans to trigger the one-year extension option in his contract, meaning that he could leave as a free agent next year.

As a result, the French champions are desperate to sell the 24-year-old this summer, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned Mbappe that he will not be allowed to leave for nothing.

However, the striker has insisted that he wants to continue in Parisian colours for the 2023-24 season, after which he will make a final decision on his next career move, but PSG are not entertaining such a scenario.

Only a select group of clubs will be able to put together a satisfactory financial package to sign Mbappe this summer, but should a buyer be found, PSG will use the funds to fill the void at the tip of their attack.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring for France on June 19, 2023© Reuters

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Vlahovic is a standout name on PSG’s shortlist, as the Serbia international could very well move on from Juventus in the current window.

Vlahovic was courted by Arsenal in January 2022 amid his prolific exploits at Fiorentina, but Juve won the race to sign him in an €81.6m (£69.7m) deal halfway through the season.

However, Vlahovic’s performances in black and white have often left a lot to be desired, and he has posted a modest 23 goals and six assists from 63 games for Juve so far.

The 23-year-old found the back of the net 10 times in the 2022-23 Serie A season, but he only scored four goals in his final 18 appearances and went scoreless for 11 straight league games between February and April.

Juventus’ season was also overshadowed by a firm 10-point deduction for financial irregularities, seeing them finish in seventh place and qualify for the Europa Conference League playoff round.

Dusan Vlahovic for Serbia in September 2022© Reuters

As a result, a summer exit from Juventus is not beyond the realm of possibility for Vlahovic, who is under contract until 2026 but could be sold if a suitable bid is tabled.

Romano adds that contrary to previous reports, Chelsea are not negotiating for Vlahovic, as the Blues have already signed Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson to reinforce their attack this summer.

Bayern Munich are said to admire Vlahovic as they search for a permanent successor to Robert Lewandowski, but the German champions are currently prioritising a deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and have not made a bid for the Serbian.

Having also waved goodbye to Inter Miami-bound Lionel Messi, PSG have brought in two new attackers already this summer in the shape of Lee Kang-in and Marco Asensio from Mallorca and Real Madrid respectively.

Les Parisiens’ busy period of market activity has also seen Milan Skriniar, Manuel Ugarte and Lucas Hernandez – whose arrival was announced on Sunday – touch down in the French capital, but Luis Enrique is still after more new faces ahead of his debut season.

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