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So what the heck is up with Eysseric?

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The French attacker has been “hours away” from joining the Viola for months, and it’s starting to get old.

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When last we checked in on the Valentin Eysseric saga, we had no idea what the hold-up was. Several outlets had reported that he’d already signed a 4-year deal with Fiorentina and would be announced shortly, but later walked back the news and said that the announcement was coming any moment. It’s now been a month, and there’s still no news.

Since then, Eysseric has started all three of Nice’s matches: the Ligue 1 opener and two Champions League qualifiers against Ajax, which is hardly what one would expect from a player who’s supposed to be on his way out momentarily. Adding to the confusion is Nice’s nearly-completed deal for Wesley Sneijder; the Dutch playmaker is in France for his medical and to sign the final documents for his transfer.

So what does this mean for the long-mooted Eysseric-to-Florence deal? Heck if we know. On the face of it, Sneijder certainly seems like he’s an Eysseric replacement, but perhaps Nice are planning to use them both in an attempt to push farther up the table and make some Champions League noise. At least one website believes that the Sneijder move means that Nice will finally release Eysseric, but such a drawn-out deal is the opposite of what we expect from Pantaleo Corvino, which makes me think it’s all just sound and fury.