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Heaven help us, the Suso rumors have begun again

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The Spanish playmaker is on the way out at Milan, but we’re very skeptical that he’ll wind up in Florence.

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We recently heard that Fiorentina offered AC Milan an eye-popping €30+ million for Suso this summer, which wasn’t part of the narrative we originally reported. Now, various sources claim that the Viola are back in for the out-of-form winger, hoping to get a discount due to his miserable form this season.

Pedro’s impending sale for a reported €15 million has supposedly sparked Daniele Pradè to reignite his interest in the Spaniard. While you can never rule out some January craziness, this moves seems deeply unlikely for a host of reasons, the first being that with Federico Chiesa, Patrick Cutrone, and Dušan Vlahović available (and Kevin-Prince Boateng and Franck Ribery returning sooner or later), there simply isn’t space for another forward in Giuseppe Iachini’s 3-5-2.

Also, there’s the question of where Suso would play. He probably lacks the sturdiness to operate in midfield, so he’d have to play up top. A playmaker who likes to start wide on the right and cut onto his stronger left foot, he’d occupy the exact same space that Chiesa generally works in.

Too, the addition of Cutrone is probably the only big-name move we’ll see in attack this winter, especially with the midfield cupboard as bare as it is. Adding another famous player up top would simply clog the gears, especially since there aren’t very many guys on the roster who can get those forwards the ball in the right place. We’d fully expect Pradè to address the engine room next.

Finally, there are a host of other, wealthier teams interested in Suso: AS Roma, RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Getafe, and Valencia have all been linked recently, and they’re all far better equipped to pay the transfer fee and wages that the Rossoneri and the player would respectively demand.

It’s no surprise that there are rumors of Suso’s exit, given that he’s reportedly met with Milan management to negotiate his exit. He’s scored all of one goal in 16 appearances this year and seems very out of Stefano Pioli’s plans at the San Siro. While he is, on his day, a wonderful player, Fiorentina can’t afford him the team to recapture that form. Again, I could be wrong (it’s happened once or twice before, as the comment section will doubtless remind me), but this one sure looks deeply unlikely.