Having closed a huge move to bring Wolverhampton Wanderers’ striker Patrick Cutrone back to Italy, it seems that Daniele Pradè and Joe Barone have turned their attention to Sassuolo midfielder Alfred Duncan. According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the Fiorentina brain trust wants to get the deal done as quickly as possible to head off interest from AC Milan, who are waiting to sell Franck Kessié before opening negotiations for the Ghanaian.

It sounds like Neroverdi boss Roberto de Zerbi is resigned to losing his star midfielder, but that won’t stop the Modena outfit from asking €20 million for him, and it seems that they intend to hold firm on that request. It’s a big pile of money, but given that his contract runs until 2022 and that other clubs are circling, they can play hardball.

In fairness, Duncan’s probably worth it. While he does indeed have the strength and stamina that the media insists every African midfielder possesses, he’s a lot more than a pure destroyer, although he’s an excellent ball-winner as well.