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Marseille may or may not be interested in Eysseric

The French attacker had a frustrating first year in Italy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to leave.

ACF Fiorentina v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
Look at those moves.
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Various reports from Italian and French media outlets have claimed that Valentin Eysseric is ready to return to France. Per their reports, Marseille leads the pack that also includes Saint-Étienne. However, at least one French journalist believes that there’s been no contact for the winger. So what’s the deal with this?

Frankly, we doubt that Corvino would sell Eysseric right now. The 26-year-old is the only player on the roster capable of starting on the wing opposite Federico Chiesa and providing anything resembling a threat to keep opposing defenses from collapsing on Fede. A sale would mean that the team is counting on the talented but unreliable Gerson, and that could go wrong in a hurry. It’s also hard to imagine finding a better option than Eysseric for €7 million (supposedly the fee that the Viola have set), especially at this late stage of the transfer window.

That’s not to say we wouldn’t like to see an upgrade on Eysseric, who hardly set the world alight last year. In his 26 appearances, he managed just one goal and one assist. Of greater concern was his inability to establish himself as the starter over Cyril Théréau and Gil Dias, leading Stefano Pioli to change his shape to accommodate Riccardo Saponara. That’s hardly the performance you want from the man wearing the hallowed Viola 10 shirt.

In a kinder world than the one we live in, Eysseric would be a solid option off the bench for Fiorentina as Chiesa and another explosive player work as the starters. However, without the extra games and money from the Europa League, it could be difficult for Corvino to secure another attacker of the quality this team needs. And if no star winger arrives, it’ll be up to Pioli and Eysseric himself to ensure that the wing opposite Chiesa has the quality it needs.