Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci admits Riccardo Montolivo is on his way out, “but we'll demand the correct compensation.”
The midfielder has rejected the offer of a new five-year contract in Florence worth €2m per season and has been linked with the likes of Inter, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
“Let it be clear, I would love for Riccardo to remain and accept out contract proposal, but after hearing his comments over the last few days, I am not remotely optimistic,” Mencucci told Tuttosport.
“The fact is the player has a problem with the long-term plans of the club rather than the length or worth of the contract. This is what makes me pessimistic.
“We'll meet again with Riccardo soon, but I also want to remind him that Fiorentina never said they'd challenge for the Scudetto. Our strategy for the past five years has always been to finish behind the four big clubs.”
Juventus seem a likely candidate for Montolivo next season, but it's not quite cut and dry.
“If the player does not remain with Fiorentina, then we will demand the correct compensation.”
It was reported Juve had offered Jorge Martinez as part of an exchange deal, but the Viola are now putting a price-tag on Montolivo that is higher than the initially-expected €10m.
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