It looks like Fiorentina may be on the verge of hitting the reset button and rebuilding the squad from scratch, so it’s no surprise that Pantaleo Corvino wants to lock up all of the club’s promising youngsters, which means that Federico Chiesa and Ianis Hagi are first in line.
Even in a suddenly-youthful Serie A, Fede Chiesa has been notable. The 19-year-old winger has mad 13 appearances this season for the senior side, picking up a goal and an assist (as well as a red card). His direct dribbling and ability to beat his man have moved him ahead of the better-established Cristian Tello in the pecking order, and Paulo Sousa already seems to trust him. He’s currently making about €70,000 a year year, which will probably bump up to the €150,000 a year range.
Hagi makes even less, although there’s no figure for exactly what that number is. He has 4 goals and 2 assists in 11 matches with the Primavera, and looked just fine in his only appearance with the senior side. Just 18 years old, the Romanian attacker is, if anything, considered an even better prospect than Chiesa, and the club will surely lock him down with a lengthy extension.
With these two building blocks, the Fiorentina attack should be in good shape for the foreseeable future. After all, there’s nothing like a couple of homegrown stars to get the fans interested, and an attack of Chiesa, Hagi, Federico Bernardeschi, and Khouma Babacar would be both terrifying for opposing defenses and satisfying for those who lament the mercenary nature of the modern game.