Fiorentina have reportedly rejected Zenit St Petersburg’s bid to take defender David Hancko on loan with a €20m option to buy.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, Zenit offered €500,000 to loan Hancko until the end of the season and €20m to sign him permanently in the summer.
However, the Sky Sport Italia journalist notes Fiorentina knocked back the proposal as they ‘believe’ in the Slovak’s potential.
Hancko arrived from MSK Zilina last summer for reported €3.5m but has seen just 44 minutes of action for the Viola, playing second fiddle to Cristiano Biraghi at left-back.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old would have been ‘happy’ that the Tuscans rejected the bid, viewing it as a show of faith in his ability.
His career follows a similar trajectory to Inter’s Milan Skriniar, who joined Sampdoria from Zilina in 2016, while the pair were listed among UEFA’s 50 players to watch in 2018.
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