Ex-boss asks PSG man to choose Fiorentina over Arsenal and Liverpool - report

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella personally asked Liverpool and Arsenal linked Jeremy Menez to come to Florence, according to a report in Italy.

Clubs around Europe were put on alert at the weekend when PSG manager Laurent Blanc confirmed that Jeremy Menez is set to leave the Parc des Princes.

The 27-year-old underwent back surgery last summer and struggled to hold down a regular first team place since returning to the fold in late September.

Menez managed just seven Ligue 1 starts all season for Les Parisiens, failing to earn a renewal on his expiring contract and losing his place in the French national side for the World Cup.

Despite a dour campaign, however, there has been widespread interest in the winger as there’s no shortage of clubs that could do with his quality and experience.

Arsenal have been linked with Menez on multiple occasions over the past five months, with the Gunners thought to be keen on signing a wide man to supplement the recovering Theo Walcott.

Liverpool have also been mentioned as possible suitors, requiring reinforcements for their devastating attack to compete on four fronts next season.

But now that Blanc has publicly announced Menez’s availability on a Bosman transfer this summer, Serie A’s Fiorentina seem to be surging to the front of the queue.

According to Sport Mediaset, Viola head coach Vincenzo Montella has personally spoken with Menez in a bid to convince him to choose the Artemio Franchi as his next destination.

The Italian tactician knows the Frenchman from their brief time together at AS Roma, and reportedly sees his former charge as the ideal replacement for the potentially departing Juan Cuadrado.

Menez has before admitted he would favour a return to Serie A, a detail Montella may be taking advantage of to land a quality addition for free, leaving Liverpool and Arsenal out in the cold.

Sport Mediaset see Menez’s wages as the main sticking point for Fiorentina, as the ex-Roma man would need to take a pay cut to join the Tuscan outfit.

If Liverpool and Arsenal are genuinely plotting moves for the Frenchman, his salary demands might just be their last hope to keep him from agreeing to reunite with Montella at Fiorentina.

But with the coach’s personal connection to Menez and his known desire to play in Italy again, it would be hard to call Fiorentina anything but favourites in the race for his signature at present.

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