Giulio Donati has said that a move to Fiorentina could be an option, as he prepares to begin preseason training with current club Bayer Leverkusen. Football-Italia.net have translated comments from Donati in which the fullback confirms that his agent has spoken to the club. The player complimented the new coach Paulo Sousa and referred to the club's "stable project." Regardless of how true that is, compliments are always nice. "Stable" is sort of a compliment.
Donati refused to commit to any particular transfer plans and admitted that staying with Leverkusen remains a real option. The former Inter youth player moved to the Bundesliga in 2013 for €3 million. Since then, he's struggled to break into the first eleven, competing for a place with German player Roberto Hilbert. Even after failing to make the right back spot his own, he would certainly be useful in Florence following the departure of Micah Richards. Still only twenty five, and the former captain of the Italy U-21, the full back would be a solid addition to the squad.
After all of the talk of departures (or people not returning despite saying nice things and promising they would), news of arrivals is certainly something to savor. If Donati's comments about his agent talking to Daniele Prade are true, then the transfer could be closer than anticipated.