In what was largely expected, Alfred Duncan officially completed his loan move to Cagliari today. There are no official figures, but rumors have the loan fee being around €1 million with an option to buy around €15 million. Due to Cagliari lacking depth in midfield, Duncan is expected to feature for the Rossoblu tomorrow against Milan.
✅ | DEAL DONE— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) January 17, 2021
Joseph Alfred #Duncan è rossoblù
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Duncan is now the fourth player to leave Fiorentina this Mercato, following Riccardo Saponara, Patrick Cutrone, and Pol Lirola. His departure leaves five central midfielders on the roster, although this move is a sign that Prandelli rates Dimo Krastev highly enough to potentially replace Duncan as the sixth midfielder. Fiorentina fans should expect more moves in the coming weeks, as Christian Kouame, Erick Pulgar, and Tofol Montiel, among others, have been linked with a move away. After today’s shellacking at the hands of Napoli, expect a little more urgency in bringing in some arrivals.
While it’s sad to see Duncan leave given the obvious untapped potential he had in this team, between him and Pol Lirola it’s far likelier we see Duncan suit up in purple again, due to his high buy option and Marko Rog’s return from injury. With a new mister in the summer likely (especially after today), there would be no surprise if a new manager took advantage of Duncan’s quality in the midfield as a ball-winning and box-to-box midfielder and he returned to his Sassuolo form.
I’m not going to add much more to this, because I’m not in much of a mood to write about this team given earlier events today. I know Duncan will get the chance in Sardinia to show once again the great midfielder he is, and I wish him the best of luck.