With Serie A now over and European football taking over the scheduling, Fiorentina can focus on their future, which could include Rachid Ghezzal.
The Leicester City winger was loaned to the Italian club for the season after Brendan Rodgers made it clear he wasn’t counting on the Algeria international, and a rather modest season followed.
Struggling at first, the forward got better after the Covid-19 break, as Giuseppe Iachini gave him more chances and appeared to trust him more.
Kept in charge for next season by Fiorentina’s owner Rocco Commisso, the manager would like to keep working with the Leicester player if possible, but that comes at a price.
An article from TuttoMercatoWeb earlier this week suggested the pre-agreed €10m were too much for the Serie A club, who were planning on holding a meeting with the Foxes to try and work something out.
Whether that meeting has taken place isn’t known yet, but Corriere dello Sport look at the situation on Thursday, stating Fiorentina still have ‘no intention’ of going that high for Ghezzal, and their move would be to ask for a ‘discount’.
With Iachini liking the player and Leicester having no use for him going forward, there might be a middle ground somewhere.
On the other hand, with Rodgers’ side slimly missing out on Champions League football, there will also a need to make up that lost money, so their stance could be hard to budge.