Fiorentina are currently working to sell their top player Dusan Vlahovic to any club apart from their Serie A rivals Juventus.
La Viola accept the centre-forward wants to leave, he will not sign a renewal, and they are trying to get the best deal for themselves and at the same time avoiding a sale to I Bianconeri at the same time.
Transfer relations between the two sides aren’t great, with plenty of bad feelings still dating back to Roberto Baggio’s move to Juventus in 1990.
The Italian moved for a world record sum, but supporters protested and there were even reports of riots in the city.
Federico Chiesa’s 2020 transfer, again from Fiorentina to the Old Lady, did not cause the same level of backlash, however, there was still a level of anger, particularly after the Turin giants managed to structure the purchase over a 24 months loan with a buying obligation.
Niccolo Ceccarini has revealed that things could have been very different, with the club wanting to sell him to Liverpool instead.
Viola News quote the Italian journalist as saying: “Chiesa? I’ll tell you a background: Fiorentina had reached an agreement with Liverpool for €70m, but the negotiations did not go through due to the boy’s desire to go to Juventus. And so there was the famous two-year loan.”
Federico has been repeatedly linked with an England move since, although it is unlikely the Reds would be ready to reach such figures in the immediate future, with the Anfield side not desperately needing a star of his type.