The transfer window isn’t open yet, but we’ve already got the second officially announced departure of a Fiorentina midfielder. This time, it’s Edimilson Fernandes, who will head for Mainz FC in Germany, West Ham announced this morning in a post on the team’s website. While no figure was mentioned, we’ve heard that the deal will run for about €9 million, with the player getting a 4 year contract.
While we’d heard that Edi had requested the Viola brass to trigger the €8 million clause that would have kept him in Tuscany for the long term, nobody ever believed that the Swiss international would be in Florence past this summer following a very rocky first season in Italy. While he did show glimpses of promise with his shooting, long passing, and tackling high up the pitch, he simply made too many mistakes to be worth nearly that much.
Still just 23 years old, he’s got plenty of room to grow, and should his head catch up to his physical talent, Mainz will have a steal. You have to wonder, though, if Fernandes is going to take that next step; after washing out with the Hammers two years ago, this is now the second consecutive campaign in which he’s underwhelmed. Perhaps the quicker pace of the Bundesliga will suit him, as the only real star the Karnevalsverein boast in the engine room is Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and he may well leave for big money this summer. It’ll be a third new team in as many years for Edi, but he’ll have every opportunity to make the job his.
However it ends up for him in the Rhineland, we wish Fernandes the best. Despite his frequent boneheadedness, he also produced some wonderful moments for Fiorentina this year, and at the very least always seemed to want to be there. With two of last year’s midfielders gone, though, we’re all stuck wondering now, “Who’s next?”