Fiorentina are believed to have struck an agreement with Juventus for midfielder Enzo Maresca.
The 24-year-old is tipped to be offloaded by Juve before the start of the season and the club have been in negotiations with the Viola.
Maresca joined the Old Lady five years ago from West Brom and has consistently struggled to establish himself at Stadio Delle Alpi.
He has undertaken loan spells at Bologna and Piacenza and was in-and-out of the Juve side last season.
The midfielder's contract expires next year and Juve have offered no signals that they are prepared to discuss an extension.
New coach Fabio Capello is willing to sacrifice Maresca and it appears Fiorentina could be his next port of call.
Maresca would prefer to stay in Turin but he may have little option but to accept a move to Fiorentina despite the animosity between the two clubs.
The player's only hope is to hold out for another club to come in for his services as Aston Villa were linked with a bid while Juve admitted they would be amenable to using Maresca as bait to land Udinese ace Marek Jankulovski.
I think I will look at this issue from three points:
1. Juve's Point of view
I think it's disgraceful how Juve are treating Maresca. We always seem to be shot changing players but then maybe thats why our books balance so well.
2. My point of view
I have watched Maresca a couple of times. My favourite moment was the goal against Torino & the celebration thereafter. Having said that I think we should sell him as soon as possible. Maresca is nothing special, some good touches which linger long in the memory but not extra ordinary. Much has been said about this but Kweku sums it up nicely.
3. Maresca's point view
It would be great if he could get a team that gives him a chance to play more regularly. It still shocks me that a player who's been to West Brom cannot complete a match comfortably. Those Nationwide boys are super fit :admiration:
i was looking forward to the summer at the end of last season because i was expecting moggi to bring in some top class players but ive been let down really really bad. So far its been pathetic, and its just getting worse.
I dont understand how Maresca is just avearage as some people are suggesting.
He was a top rated midfielder last year by many media outlets, and the year before was even better rated. A major part of the U-21 team, and is now READY to have his chance with a big club. If last year was the chance, no young player will ever succeed with Juventus.
Well, the way I see it if Maresca don't go now, he will probably go for free next season, so....
I dunno, maybe its best for the club to make some money out him, as obviously he won't be 1st choice under Capello.