Manchester City are struggling to convince Tottenham Hotspur to sanction Harry Kane’s sale, forcing them to look at Dušan Vlahović as an alternative to the England captain.

Journalist Enzo Bucchioni, writing in his column for Firenze Viola, claims City’s interest in the Fiorentina star emerged after they realised it’s too difficult to take Kane away from the north London club.

The 21-year-old has now become the ‘primary objective’ for the Citizens.

After rejecting Spurs and Atlético Madrid approaches, Bucchioni says City’s arrival on the scene ‘changes everything’.

Rocco Commisso has already set a €100m price tag for the striker, making it difficult for the La Liga winners to battle it out with Pep Guardiola’s side for Vlahović’s signature.

“The player would have been offered a net salary of six million for five years compared to the three and a half plus bonuses that Fiorentina is ready to pay in the event of renewal,” states the journalist.

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The journalist doesn’t make it clear who has offered a €6m net annual salary to the player, but states seeing the Serbian continue with Fiorentina beyond this window ‘will be tough, if not impossible’, even though the case is ‘complex’ and ‘there is certainly no ending yet’.

With renewal talks not progressing well, it’ll be difficult for the Serie A side to retain the frontman, if they receive a huge offer for him.

“Today the intermediaries should send to Commisso the official and definitive proposal from City around which we [Fiorentina] could begin to think,” says Bucchioni.

There should be developments if and when the intermediaries arrive at Fiorentina with City’s ‘official and definitive proposal’ for Vlahović.