Check you calendars, folks. Vincenzo Montella is back. Daniele Pradè is back. And now, Gianluca di Marzio reports that Borja Valero could be coming back as well. The unofficial mayor of Florence and heartbeat of those magical Montella teams is the subject of talks between Fiorentina and Inter Milan, with the latter requesting a fee believed to be around €3 million.
Valero, as you may recall, was effectively run out of town (along with a host of other beloved veterans) when Paulo Sousa was sacked, paving the way for Pantaleo Corvino to reforge the squad into a younger, cheaper outfit. Sold to the Nerazzuri for a paltry €6.5 million, the Spanish midfielder never really settled in under Luciano Spalletti in his two years in Milan. He made 38 appearances for il Biscione this year but just 17 starts; now 34 years old, he’s clearly not cut out for new manager Antonio Conte’s famously punishing training sessions and should be one of the first players out the door.
While it’s fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank, even a diminished Borja would immediately become Fiorentina’s best and most creative passer, as well as the team’s elder statesman and leader in the dressing room. He’s obviously familiar with Montella’s system, but this feels even bigger. Bringing Florence’s first family back to town would be a wonderful chance for Rocco Commisso to set right one of the Della Valles’ worst mistakes and further ingratiate himself with the tifosi while bringing Borja back to the city he loves.