With Gennaro Gattuso bringing a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 to Florence, it’s no secret that Fiorentina desperately need wingers. While links to Gonçalo Guedes are welcome, he won’t fill the enormous void himself. With Riccardo Sottil likely to return, that means there’s space for a wide attacker who could potentially start; with Nicolás Burdisso reportedly coming aboard, the club could be looking to South America. And baw gawd, Jeem, that’s Pedro de la Vega’s music.
The 20-year-old Lanús talent made his senior debut for the Granate 2 years ago, quickly becoming a first-team fixture. This is his first year as a full time starter, and he’s responded with 3 goals and an assist in 17 appearances. He generally plays on the right but is equally happy on the left, and can do a job as a 10 as well. Despite his youth, he’s got plenty of experience in both the league and continental competitions.
His primary attribute is a pair of very quick feet that allow him to dance past defenders, even when tightly marked, but he has the makings of a complete attacker: pace, surprising aerial ability, good shooting and crossing with both feet (although he’s better with his right), a willingness to pass, clever movement off the ball, and decent set piece delivery.
He signed a contract extension in 2019 that runs until 2023, but he might be getting too big for Lanús to hang onto. Fiorentina could see the Argentina U23 international—who holds Italian citizenship—as the perfect player to split time with Sottil for a year. Norwich City is supposedly interested as well, which could drive the price up towards €15 million or so, but that could wind up being a steal for the man they call Zorro.