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Report: Sassuolo and Bologna interested in Simeone

Following a disastrous second year in Florence, Cholito seems to have fallen outside the club’s plans but reportedly wants to stay.

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After a promising if imperfect debut season with Fiorentina, Giovanni Simeone was bad in 2018-2019. While his energy and never-say-die attitude never flagged, his finishing was woeful, leading to a severe decline in goals and his eventual benching in favor of Luis Muriel and sometimes Kevin Mirallas. Given his technical limitations (although he did show some occasional promise as a passer late last year), it’s easy to imagine that he won’t fit well in Vincenzo Montella’s system.

Of course, he’s still just 23 years old and has scored for Argentina, so it’s not like he’ll be short of options should the Viola decide to sell him. We’ve heard that both Sassuolo and Bologna are interested, albeit not from particularly trustworthy sources. He certainly fits the profile for each, though. At Sassuolo, he’d compete for a starting role with former Fiorentina teammate Khouma Babacar again; at Bologna, he’d fit into an attack featuring Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Santander. While neither move would assure him of starting minutes, he seems a decent fit, tactically speaking, for both Roberto de Zerbi and Siniša Mihajlović.

However, the latest news from is that Cholito wants to stay. If this report is to be believed, he intends to reject any interest from the Neroverdi and the Felsinei in favor of fighting for a spot with the Viola, pending a conversation about his prospects with Montella and Sporting Director Daniele Pradè; if they tell him that his services are still desired, he’ll stay. Otherwise, he’ll look into a move elsewhere.

It’s probably worth mentioning at this point that this is all hearsay right now, reported by anonymous sources in outlets that are often more scattershot with their rumor mongering than pinpoint. The Fiorentina brain trust probably has a pretty good idea of its plans for this mercato, but given the short turnaround since Pradè’s hiring, things likely remain a bit up in the air for now. After all, the transfer window doesn’t close until 18 August; unless we hear from someone with knowledge of the matter, it’s probably best not to assume too much.