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Transfer Tuesday: It really tied the room together

There have been some signings. There are going to be some more signings. Stuff is happening, everybody. Stuff is happening.

The Duda just wants his rug back.
The Duda just wants his rug back.
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Looks like Luca Lezzerini is leaning towards leaving, and it seems like Spezia stand at the head of the line for his services; too bad, given that he still looks like he could be a good player. Hellas Verona star Pierluigi Gollini will not be joining Fiorentina either. Sky Sports reports that he's moving to Aston Villa, although doesn't have any details. According to Tuttosport, though, Fiorentina are looking at Torino misfit Salvador Ichazo, who would certainly be a depth signing at best.


Torino's push for Nenad Tomović just got some good news, if you can believe Tuttosport: Fiorentina are willing to sell him, although it'll have to be an offer that meets their valuation. The only news about a replacement comes from La Nazione, which states that Paulo Sousa has requested Valencia's Rúben Vezo.

There's more action with at the fullback positions. Benevento should be agreeing to terms to take Lorenzo Venuti on a season-long loan some time this week, but the real news is that Fiorentina have signed their second player this window: Vitesse rightback Kevin Diks. We've got a full report here. Corvino may not be done, though, because the word from Sky is that Fiorentina have joined Lazio in the Mauricio Isla sweepstakes. Not surprisingly, Gilberto is linked to another loan move away. Corinthians are interested, but the Viola want him to stay in Italy and will only send him back to Brazil if someone coughs up €3 million.


Vincenzo Montella and Marcelo Bielsa have both coached Matías Fernández at previous stops and now want him at AC Milan and Lazio, respectively. Even so, it's Torino who've emerged as the surprise frontrunners for his services, although Milan have made contact with him and are offering a package of Suso and/or €5 million. He's got a lively market for a player who may not even be healthy for the first day of the season. Napoli are yapping about Matías Vecino again, but it's hard to believe there's anything there but sound and fury at this point. Youngster Federico Chiesa (yes, of that branch of the Chiesa family) is spiraling in on a loan move to Perugia, while Livorno are working to bring back Andrés Schetino. Benfica has surpassed Sporting in the race for Marko Bakić.

If you believe the Corriere dello Sport, Sousa has also requested that the club make a move for Benfica and Serbia midfield destroyer Ljubomir Feysa, who's a punishing presence in the middle and even offers a bit going forward.

The club is also supposedly battling Napoli for the signature of Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Marko Rog, while Stade Brest man Cristian Battocchio is a more defensive option also pursued by Udinese and Virtus Entella.

The biggest recent news is that Inter Milan have decided to turn their attentions to Federico Bernardeschi after failing to buy Domenico Berardi. Various outlets have reported that the Nerazzuri are readying a €25 million bid, but Berna's agent Giuseppe Bozzo denies that there's been any kind of contact. The Cristian Tello saga still hasn't ended, as Fiorentina and Barcelona are meeting about the winger's future again this week. Primavera star Filippo Bandinelli is ready for another try on loan, with Latina and Virtus Entella interested. Diego Peralta, meanwhile, looks likely to return to Pisa for another year to earn a starting spot after a good showing last season.

In Sousa's quest to find new wingers, Legia Warsaw's Slovakian playmaker Ondrej Duda (or Dudinho if you're not into that whole brevity thing) has suddenly cropped up as a major target. Outlets in Poland originally broke the story, but now the Italian rags are onto it as well. Legia president Bogusław Leśnodorski has confirmed that Fiorentina have made an offer, thought to be between €4 million and €5 million plus bonuses, and everyone seems to think it's a done deal. Everyone, that is, except for England's Daily Star, which steadfastedly reports that Man U, Arsenal, and West Ham are all interested; not surprising, considering he can do stuff like this.

The Duder isn't the only option, though. Adem Ljajić has officially rejected Torino, leading the Granata to push for other players. Emanuele Giaccherini's agent has gone on the record denying any contact with Torino, whom Tuttosport reported were trying to sneak in ahead of Fiorentina. Celta Vigo, meanwhile, have purportedly lodged a €10 million bid for Ljajić. PSG are unsure whether they want to extend the contract of 23 year old winger Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, and Fiorentina are intrigued by his talents, according to Alredo Pedulla. Genk and Jamaica winger Leon Bailey is another option; blessed with pace and technique, he could be a steal for €3 million. Finally, AC Milan seem content to see the back of Suso, and Fiorentina are interested in the Spanish attacker.


Premier League champions Leicester City (it still feels weird to write that) have offered between €15 and €18 million for Nikola Kalinić, whose agent hasn't exactly slammed the door on the rumors. La Nazione believes that Fiorentina will sell Mauro Zárate if they get anything resembling an attractive offer, despite his having just signed a contract. Wolfsburg made an offer for Mario Gómez back in January and have increased their bid, tabling a whopping €14 million for the Germany striker. Even so, Fiorentina are hesitant to take the bait, since at least half of the money would go to Beşikta and, even after all the headaches he's caused, the Viola want to honor his wishes. Giuseppe Rossi, also tapped for a move away, is instead returning to Florence this week for a medical ahead of joining the squad at Moena. One player who won't be there is Ante Rebić, who's officially joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan. His compatriot Marko Pjaca, now linked to Napoli as well as Fiorentina and Inter, has expressed his gratitude for being linked to so many Serie A giants, but emphasized that he hasn't opened talks for a move away from Dinamo Zagreb yet.