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Fiorentina considering move for Stefano Sensi

The "new Verratti" has excelled for Cesena in Serie B, leading to several higher-profile suitors.

Just look at this little guy.
Just look at this little guy.
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Diminutive, deep-lying playmaker plying his trade in Serie B is tracked by a number of major clubs ready for a big money-move to the big leagues. Okay, maybe not the PSGs of the world, but Fiorentina are one of several teams considering a bid for the pint-sized Cesena midfield maestro. He's had a brilliant year for the Cavalulluci and is a big part of why they sit in the promotion playoff places.

La Viola have been watching him for a while, with their interest hitting the rumor mill late last year. They could face a fight for his signature, though, as AC Milan have been keeping an eye on him, and Palermo have recently joined the race as well. Cesena's DS Rino Foschi has been realistic about the club's odds of hanging onto him, acknowledging that, at a smaller club, the reality is that any player can be sold at any time in order to keep operations running smoothly. Juventus are also trying to muscle in on the player, who should be available for somewhere under €8 million.

So who is this mystery man? After spending last season at San Marino in Serie D (!), he's made 19 appearances (17 starts) for Cesena this term, scoring 3 goals, chipping in 3 assists, and picking up 6 yellow cards. He's a youth international, currently playing with the U20s--he came on for Leonardo Capezzi in their most recent friendly against Switzerland, which is sort of nicely symmetrical. As a player, the Marco Verratti comparison is fairly accurate: he likes to spread play to the wings, he's got the quickness to burst forward and a trick or two to get out of a tight space, and he likes to nip in and intercept the ball rather than outmuscle an opponent. Overall, he looks like a wonderful prospect, something like David Pizarro with more athleticism and less experience.

So yeah, let's hope this one has some legs to it, because Sensi could be ready for the spotlight sooner rather than later. Quite a step up for a kid who was in Serie D last season.