It’s been a weirdly quiet transfer window for Fiorentina, despite the usual crazy passel of rumors; the only arrival so far is Patrick Cutrone, who’s a great addition but certainly doesn’t plug the holes in the squad. The midfield remains understaffed and light on talent, while the defense could use some reinforcement as well. That’s why we’re so surprised that Gianluca di Marzio reports that Fiorentina are closing in on Genoa striker Christian Kouamé.
It’s not because the 22-year-old Kouamé lacks talent; in fact, he’s a fantastic young prospect who’s already proven to be a useful forward in Serie A. He’s got good pace and he’s already a confident finisher, as well as an explosive leaping ability to let him flick on long passes or score from crosses. He’s also pretty good on the ball and shows intelligent movement off the ball.
Those qualities are why he’d bagged 5 goals and 3 assists in 11 Serie A matches before blowing out his cruciate ligament on international duty with the Côte d’Ivoire U23s in November, which means he’ll be out until summer and thus unavailable for the remainder of the year, which means he won’t add more stress on a crowded forward rotation that already includes Cutrone, Federico Chiesa, Dušan Vlahovic, and eventually Franck Ribery.
The deal is reportedly a straight up purchase for €10 million initially; if he meets certain performance bonuses, it could rise another €5 million.