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Fiorentina eyeing move for Galatasaray star Nicolo Zaniolo

Fiorentina have initiated discussions with Galatasaray over Nicolo Zaniolo‘s potential acquisition. The forward, currently on loan at Aston Villa, has displayed glimpses of brilliance under the guidance of manager Unai Emery.

According to reports from Calciomercato.com, Fiorentina have formally reached out to Galatasaray to explore the prospect of securing the services of the 24-year-old talent. While substantive talks have yet to commence, Fiorentina’s interest in the Italian attacker is described as firm and earnest.

Hailing from Massa, Tuscany, Zaniolo honed his skills within Fiorentina’s youth ranks. However, on the concluding day of the 2016 mid-year transfer window, he parted ways with Fiorentina, subsequently joining Virtus Entella.

Nicolo Zaniolo
Nicolo Zaniolo

With a towering height of 1.90 meters, Zaniolo possesses a blend of physical prowess, agility, and speed, coupled with adept dribbling skills. His versatility on the field is evident through his creativity, technical finesse, relentless work ethic, boundless energy, and robust physical presence. Zaniolo’s adaptability allows him to excel in various midfield roles, serving as an attacking midfielder, trequartista, offensive-minded central midfielder, mezzala, box-to-box midfielder, and even as a deep-lying playmaker.

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During his stint at Aston Villa in the Premier League, Nicolo Zaniolo featured in 24 matches, finding the back of the net twice. Moreover, his international career with Italy saw him earn caps in 19 appearances, registering two goals for his national team.

Zaniolo remains under contract with Galatasaray until the culmination of the 2027 season. Notably, Villa’s loan agreement includes a provision for a €22.5 million buyout clause, highlighting the club’s keen interest in securing his permanent services.

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Fiorentina

As Fiorentina intensifies its pursuit of Zaniolo, the negotiations with Galatasaray are poised to unfold in the coming weeks. The Italian club sees the versatile attacker as a valuable addition to its squad, potentially bolstering their offensive arsenal for the upcoming seasons.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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