Arsenal cult hero Eduardo linked with Serie A switch

Eduardo

According to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Fiorentina are targeting former Arsenal fan favourite Eduardo da Silva.

Eduardo da Silva is unfortunately best remembered for his time at the Emirates by a devastating leg break suffered against Birmingham City in 2008.

The Brazilian-Croatian looked to be blossoming into a star in North London with 10 goals across all competitions in the first six months of his Arsenal career.

But it would be almost a year before he’d return to competitive after the horrific injury, and never hitting the same highs for the Gunners, the forward moved on to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

Eduardo found stability at the Donbass Arena, scoring 36 goals for his Ukrainian employers over four years, but with an expiring contract must find a new home this summer.

And Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed the Stadio Artemio Franchi could be his next destination.

Fiorentina are reportedly keen to sign the 31-year-old on a free transfer, offering him a two-year contract worth €1 million per season - and a return to one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Vincenzo Montella’s side are known for playing an attractive, free-flowing brand of attacking football, and Eduardo would likely relish linking up with the likes of Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Gomez and Juan Cuadrado in the Viola attack.

The Rio de Janiero native is currently on international duty with adopted nation Croatia at the World Cup, so it’s possible the deal won’t be completed - if at all - before the Valtreni learn their final fate in Brazil.

Eduardo’s second chance in top division could indeed be on the horizon, and no doubt he’ll be keen to leave a different legacy in Serie A than the Premier League if he does join Fiorentina.

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