Fiorentina did brilliantly to sign Alban Lafont as the new number one, but the role of backup—who could see action in the Coppa Italia and Europa League—remains a mystery. Bartłomiej Drągowski is almost certain to leave in search of playing time, thus depriving the Viola of their only remotely proven second keeper. We now know that Primavera star Michele Cerofolini is out of the running as well, as he’s moved to Serie B side Cosenza for the year.
Cerofolini has an impressive reputation, having overtaken former Arsenal target Giacomo Satalino as Fiorentina’s goalie of the future. The 19-year-old has yet to feature for the senior side, but spent last switching between starting for the kids and sitting the big boys’ bench, which definitely counts as progress for a teenager.
It can count as a coup for the Silani as well, as they lack a proven option between the sticks. The first-choice for the Italy U19 side should have, at worst, a good opportunity to win the job in his first foray out from the friendly confines of Florence, with incumbent Umberto Saracco serving as his primary competition. We still think he will be a good one and will enjoy tracking his progress as a professional. The move does, however, serve to highlight Fiorentina’s serious need for a veteran backup goalkeeper, so expect some more churn at the position.