Sunday March 22 2020
Florenzi almost joined Atalanta

Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi joined Valencia on loan in January, but had been close to Atalanta, according to reports.

The Italy international requested a loan move in order to get more playing time in the run-up to Euro 2020, although contracting chicken pox and then seeing the Coronavirus shutdown has changed all those plans.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Florenzi had been a firm target for Atalanta, who felt he’d bring valuable experience to the side in their Champions League campaign.

Fiorentina had also been interested, but he chose to go abroad for a new experience at Valencia.

Curiously, Florenzi eventually played for Valencia against Atalanta in that Champions League Round of 16 tie.

La Dea won 4-1 at home and 4-3 away for a 8-4 aggregate victory that put them in the quarter-finals.

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