It’s become glaringly obvious that Fiorentina need to find some sort of threat to set opposite Federico Chiesa if this season is going to go anywhere, and the rumor mill, at least, has been more than happy to oblige. Various outlets in Italy and elsewhere have reported the Viola interest in Trabzonspor’s Turkish international Yusuf Yazıcı, and now the player’s agent has confirmed that Corvino and company (as well as AC Milan, AS Roma, Sampdoria, Torino, and a host of other clubs) are sniffing around.
Yazıcı has become a hot name of late with some excellent performances for the Karadeniz Fırtınası (Black Sea Storm, which is a rad nickname for a club), notching 2 assists in 8 appearances this term. The 21-year-old can play as a number 10, but would probably be operating on the wing in Florence, where Marko Pjaca, Valentin Eysseric, and Kevin Mirallas have yet to impress.
Like we said, there’s plenty of competition for his signature, as the previously-mentioned Italian clubs are supposedly jockeying with rivals in Spain and England (we’ve heard rumors that Arsenal and Manchester United are watching too). His parent club has already resigned itself to losing him, it seems, but it’s doubtful that he’d go somewhere he’d be stuck on the bench, as that would put his role with the national team at risk. Fiorentina checks out as a logical destination.
If rumor is to be believed (and if you read about a rumor on the internet, why wouldn’t you believe it?), Trabzonspor already rejected a €12 million offer as they hold out for €16 million; somewhere in the middle feels about right.. That’s a big number for a player, sure, but it’s not unreasonable for a guy who’s been a first team regular on a Europa League-caliber squad for 3 years now. Last year was his real breakout, as he scored 10 goals and added 5 assists in 33 league appearances.
While he’s not a burner, he’s got enough pace to threaten a high line. What sets him apart (again, 10 caps as a 21-year-old) is his technique: he’s the sort of player who has an almost obscenely personal connection with the ball, which stays stuck to his boot through turns and challenges and general mayhem before leaving him via shot or pass. He’s got excellent vision, too, with a knack for threading passes through on counters and half-breaks to find open teammates. He’s also a sound finisher, cool as a veteran striker, who can pop them from distance as well. All in all, he looks every inch the dynamic, modern young attacker.