NEWS
Wednesday August 21 2019
Fiorentina in talks for Raphinha

Fiorentina are targeting Sporting CP right-sided winger Raphinha with negotiations to lower the €25m asking price.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, talks are progressing well for the 22-year-old talent.

Their first choices had been Matteo Politano of Inter or Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, but those clubs refused to sell.

Raphinha is a right-sided winger with a strong left foot, so can cut inside to cross or shoot, as requested by Coach Vincenzo Montella.

The asking price is believed to be €25m, but can be lowered significantly in negotiations.

He is Brazilian, but already has an Italian passport, so would not take up a non-EU slot.

Last season, Raphinha scored seven goals and provided five assists in 36 games for Sporting.

This pursuit of more wide forwards after the arrival of Franck Ribery fuels growing rumours Federico Chiesa could be sold to Juventus.