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The Galatasaray winger is the sort of pacy, dynamic player that Pioli needs.

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As you may have heard, Fiorentina lost a winger today. Since the current wide attackers on the team consist of Federico Chiesa and not much else, this is a serious problem. That’s why we’re pleased to hear that the club is already closing in on a move for former Germany U20 star Sinan Gümüş, who currently plies his trade with Galatasaray.

After growing up in the Stuttgart academy, Gümüş moved to Gala in 2014. He broke through in 2015 and has solidified his place as one of the best wingers in the Süper Lig, notching 7 goals and 2 assists in 18 matches. His form has, not surprisingly, put the Turkish national team bosses on notice, as he’s eligible to switch allegiances since his parents were both born in Turkey.

Gümüş’ primary attributes are his pace and his dribbling. He’s got the speed to leave his man for dead, and the technique to make him look outright foolish. He generally starts on the right before coming inside onto his left foot, but he seems happiest to skip inside his man, get to the byline, and then pick out his pass from there rather than knifing inside to shoot at the slightest opportunity à la Arjen Robben or Josip Iličić. Here, have a look.

Fiorentina have offered €4.5 for his services, but Galatasaray are holding out for €5 million even. Such a small amount should be one that the Viola can scrounge up without too much trouble, and he could be Florence-bound sooner rather than later. While he can also play through the middle, he’d almost certainly play on his preferred right wing, allowing Chiesa to switch to the left, where he’s impressed so much for the Azzurini.