With Vitor Hugo on his way back to Brazil we can’t realistically re-build a squad around a defence which prominently features (and don’t get me wrong, I like the guy) Ceccherini. Vincezo Montella will be after reinforcements for the back and someone to partner Pezzella and Milkenvoic. This implying that A) The Serb stays B) Montella decides to play his favoured 3-5-2. According to La Nazione, one of these options is former Italy Under 21 international Kevin Bonifazi from Torino.
Kevin (as I will refer to him as for the rest of this article) has spent two seasons on loan at SPAL, one as part of the team that won Serie B in 16-17 and the season just gone where they finished an impressive 13th. Kevin was an important part of Semplici’s squad last year often forming a three man defence with Vicari and Felipe. He even managed to notch in two goals, including one against Juventus which is certainly nothing but a good omen. Now back in Turin, the ‘ok’ side of the city, several squads are after Kevins’ signature. One option is SPAL, who would like him back as they attempt to stay in Serie A for another season. It seems, at least according to Calciomercato, that it is a two-horse race between Fiorentina and Lazio (Lazio having already taken popular wing-back Lazzari from Spal). Transfrmarket.com values Kevin at €5.5 mln but you can expect that price to rise in value with clubs battling for his signature.
After endlessly being linked with players who are solely at the twilight of their careers (*cough Llorente *cough*) it is refreshing to see us chasing a promising young Italian player; especially one with Serie A experience. Sure it’s not quite ‘Fiorentina linked with Moise Kean; Get The Confetti Out’ but Kevin has a great deal of potential and at the ripe old age of 23 still has plenty of time to improve.