Sunday September 6 2020
Benevento: 'Bonaventura chose Fiorentina'

Benevento President Oreste Vigorito discusses their active transfer strategy, but admits Giacomo Bonaventura ‘chose Fiorentina for reasons other than money.’

The newly-promoted club are celebrating the 91st anniversary of their foundation today and mark the occasion by going into only their second ever Serie A season.

“What we learned from last time is that Serie A is not something we are participating in, we have to be ready to take the initiative,” Vigorito told RAI Radio.

“We’re trying to bring in experienced players who are in their full maturity and can help the existing squad to step up to the next level.

“Things have also changed, because last time we were promoted via the play-offs, this year by winning the Serie B title. I am curious to see the new signings in action and there are more on the way, for example we’re in talks for Bryan Dabo.”

Benevento have already snapped up Kamil Glik, Gianluca Lapadula and Gianluca Caprari, but accepted defeat for ex-Milan midfielder Bonaventura, who is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Viola.

“We did try and made a very important offer to the player, who was interested. We talked to him and his agent, but there were reasons other than money that pushed him towards Fiorentina.

“I imagine it’s the desire to be closer to his family. I am pleased to say at least that three years ago we had to explain to players where Benevento was, now it’s recognised on the national level.”

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