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Roncaglia close to Marseille move

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Hardman defender Facundo Roncaglia is finally nearing the Fiorentina exit door after spending last season on loan with Genoa, with Marseille ready to bring him to France.

Facundo Roncaglia, world champion hugger
Facundo Roncaglia, world champion hugger
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According to ViolaNews among others, Facundo Roncaglia is on the brink of a move to French outfit Marseille. With his contract set to expire next year and a renewal unlikely, a sale was always imminent. While no fee has yet been disclosed, the player is valued at 3.5 million euros on transfermarkt.com, so something between 2 and 5 million seems likely.

Roncaglia initially won the hearts of Viola fans with his uncompromising defending, crunching tackles, and occasional spectacular long-range bomb, but his positional indiscipline and penchant for cards saw him dropped in favor of the steadier Nenad Tomovic. The 28-year-old Argentinean centerback and rightback was at one point tapped for a move to Russia for around 10 million, but Fiorentina seemed oddly neutral about selling him at the time.

With dual Argentine and Italian citizenship, he seemed likely to stay in Italy, but Prade and company were maybe worried about the former Boca Juniors man breaking some Viola ankles, and are moving him elsewhere. Farewell and good luck, Facundo. We'll always remember the weirdly mullet-ish hair and the comedy goals and the tackles that hurt just to watch, but we'll probably forget the rest.