Spare a thought for Fiorentina fans this summer. After losing influential captain Gonzalo Rodriguez following the expiry of his contract and a high-profile fall-out with La Viola’s divisive board, the Serie A giants have also bid farewell to Inter Milan-bound midfield duo Borja Valero and Mattia Vecino.
Furthermore, Federico Bernardeschi took the Roberto Baggio comparisons up a notch by swapping Florence for the black and white of Juventus.
And it now appears that Fiorentina are facing a losing battle in their attempts to keep Nikola Kalinic at the Stadio Artemio Franchi too. According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Croatian’s future could be decided as early as next week, bringing an end to relentless speculation.
AC Milan, who have spent over 200 euros million this summer in an attempt to secure a return to the Champions League, are still in the market for a proven centre-forward and appear to have turned their attention towards Kalinic after deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrea Bellotti looking hugely unlikely.
The report adds that Kalinic, who netted 15 times in 32 Serie A games last season, favours a move to the San Siro and Fiorentina may be willing to accept an offer of around £23 million.
However, Everton cannot be discounted at this stage. Despite signing Spain Under-21 forward Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and welcoming Wayne Rooney back at Goodison Park this summer, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is still on the search for a strapping centre-forward to replace Romelu Lukaku.
And, after Olivier Giroud pledged his future to Arsenal after netting the winner in the dramatic opening day victory over Leicester City, it appears that Everton will step up their pursuit of Kalinic.