Fan favorite and Fiorentina captain Gonzalo Rodriguez seems to have many suitors vying for his services. Unfortunately for Fiorentina fans, la Viola is not one of those suitors. Current team captain and centerback, Gonzalo Rodriguez came to Serie A in 2012 along with Borja Valero after Spanish club Villarreal was relegated. Since his arrival Rodriguez has been a staple on the back line at Stadio Artemio Franchi. So much so, that he earned the captaincy when Paulo Sousa took over as manager.
All of these accolades would seem to be a thing that would benefit the Argentinian defender in his quest to stay with Fiorentina. The central defenders contract is up at the end of the season and he would be able to transfer to any club he wants on a free transfer. Luckily for Rodriguez there are plenty of clubs from around the world looking for his services. They include Sampdoria, AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and even Tottenham just to name a few.
It is believed that if Fiorentina were to offer Gonzalo the same pay he has now, he would stay with the team. So far reports are showing that la Viola has not offered that and will not offer that kind of money.
“Fiorentina...haven’t called me for the past two months,” stated Rodriguez’s agent according to Football Italia. This is a staggering issue because the Argentinian centerback is really an important piece on this roster. He is a strong leader and is still playing at a high level. Maybe this is just a tactic by the agent to show the team that Rodriguez wants to come back. Nothing gets a team interested in re-signing a player more than hearing a rival club wants to transfer for that player.
Overall, it would be sad to see Gonzalo go. It does look like that is a real possibility though. There may be a new captain next season and a new starting centerback. Only time will really tell at this point. It is always disappointing to lose a player to a free transfer because they at least could have received some kind of compensation instead of nothing.