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Transfer rumors: Fiorentina chasing Cesena's Defrel

Is Cesena's speedy forward solution to our problems in front of the goal? Probably not, but he'd be a decent signing anyway

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Cesena's young forward, Grégoire Defrel is the most recent of the low-cost transfer targets for Fiorentina. The versatile Frenchmen is one of the most pleasant surprises of Serie A this season so far, at least when we're talking about the smaller teams, and has arrived onto Fiorentina's radar. According to Corriere dello sport, it will take 2.5 million euros to buy Cesena's half, with the other half belonging to Parma. It might all be done fairly soon, and Defrel could be Fiorentina player by the end of the month. Vincenzo Montella has supposedly already given his ok for this transfer.

Defrel's biggest quality is his speed: he's one of the quickest players in the league. He's also a very versatile player, able to cover pretty much all the positions up front -- from center forward, either flank, or being the trequartista. He is Cesena's top scorer so far, with four goals in fourteen appearances, even though he more often looks to assist rather than finish himself.

He started his career at Parma, but has only one game for the crociati. He spent a season on loan at Foggia, in 2011-2012, and then joined Cesena in the co-ownership deal. At 23 years of age, Defrel doesn't have that great of a CV but in theory he is the kind of player that can help Montella's cause, at least until Federico Bernardeschi gets back from injury.

Regardless, everything seems to depend on whether Fiorentina manages to sell anyone to gather some cash (and roster space) for new signings. After Josip Iličić apparently refused to join Bologna, new signings seem unlikely for now.