The Serie club reportedly want to sign the 30-year-old Colombian midfielder on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Reports first surfaced earlier this week that Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa is keen to sign Sanchez on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal [h/t Daily Mail], having seen the Colombian midfielder’s proposed move to Marseille break down last month over his wage demands.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Championship opener at Sheffield Wednesday, Di Matteo acknowledged that talks have been held with the Serie A club over the 67-times capped international but stressed that no agreement has been reached at this stage.
“There is some interest from Fiorentina,” Di Matteo told reporters. “We are aware of it but at the moment there are no terms agreed.
“The player is an Aston Villa player unless there is a reachable agreement between the two clubs.”
Sanchez, 30, joined Villa from Spanish side Elche in August 2014 for a reported £4.7 million fee after helping Colombia reach their first-ever World Cup quarter-final in Brazil and has since made 56 total appearances for the club, recording one goal and three assists.
The tough-tackling midfielder, whose contract runs until 2018, has impressed at times during his two seasons in the West Midlands, but his struggles to adjust to the pace of English football have seen him fail to establish himself as a regular starter for the claret and blues.
He has continued to fare well on the international stage in the meantime, including at the 2015 Copa America and the recent Copa America Centenario in the USA, but the latest developments suggest that new boss Di Matteo sees him as expendable.
With the Birmingham Mail reporting that Villa would prefer to sell the former La Liga ace outright rather than sanction a loan, it remains to be seen whether terms can be agreed with Fiorentina, but it does look as if his time in B6 is drawing to a close.