One of the joys of being a Fiorentina fan is that whenever any player on the team has a good season, you know that everybody is immediately going to assume that the club is going to sell that player. That’s why we’re not surprised that every media outlet that reports on football is busily trumpeting the news that Chiesa is off to Bayern Munich or Manchester City or Poggibonsi or whichever club they can come up with. Heck, even Sports Illustrated—not exactly known for possessing any expertise in calcio—are getting in on the action.
However, a couple of rags from a bit closer to home have reported that Pantaleo Corvino has rejected a couple of pretty large bids in the past week or so. Napoli, who tried to pry him from the Viola grasp last summer and in January, are at it again. This time, the Partenopei offered €50 million, plus midfielder Marko Rog, but Corvino dismissed it immediately, or so says la Gaazetta dello Sport.
AS Roma also tried to shoulder in, presenting a €40 million offer along with Stephan El Sharaawy. The Giallorossi hadn’t really registered their interest before this, but after their deep run into the Champions League and the big payday it brought, Monchi and company are clearly ready to splash some cash to make sure they can do it again next year.
The English press, on those rare occasions they take a break from attacking Raheem Sterling for being young and black and successful, insist that Fiorentina are on the verge of selling to Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester City or Liverpool, but we know better than to believe those dummies. Instead, we’re going to believe what the sites that cover Fiorentina have said: that it’ll take, at minimum, a €60 million bid to take Fede away, and even then it may not be enough. Seeing Corvino’s steadfast refusal to sell at anything under that number, maybe we should all just ignore these things until someone shows up with an offer that fits the parameters.