A couple of days ago, we relayed news from Corriere dello Sport that Edimilson Fernandes was on the right track to getting his loan move from West Ham to Fiorentina made permanent.

One of the main issues, however, was the future of Stefano Pioli, who believes in the Switzerland international, but who most likely won’t be around next season.

The manager, whose contract runs out in the summer, isn’t expected to be handed an extension, with whispers spreading Fiorentina are already on the lookout for his successor.

That doesn’t mean all hope is lost for the West Ham midfielder, however, since Gazzetta dello Sport, although admitting a lot will depend on the next manager, state the Serie A club’s board ‘like’ the 22-year-old themselves.

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This suggests they could trigger the clause regardless, wanting to keep Fernandes around a while longer, perhaps with a view to selling him for a profit.

Doing so would cost them €9m, which is a lot for them since they are already planning on keeping Luis Muriel around.

So there’s that to take into account too.

There are still a number of question marks over this one, meaning how he performs between now and the end of the campaign could have a huge impact on the Fiorentina board’s decision.