Let’s go back a few weeks back in time to see some wheels in motion. Lazio signed Hellas Verona’s promising young central defender Marash Kumbulla. Fiorentina were linked with Gialloblu defender Alan Empereur. Hellas seem to be pushing for Viola centerback Federico Ceccherini. And, to round all this out, now Fiorentina have (according to Gianluca di Marzio and various other sources) found Cecche’s replacement in River Plate star Luca Martínez Quarta.
Dizzy yet? That’s okay. Settle yourself down for a moment while we introduce you to Martínez Quarta. The 24-year-old looks like a perfect fit for the outside of a back three. He covers ground pretty rapidly and has the short area quickness to stay with wingers. He’s a bit shorter than your average central defender at 180ish cm (a shade under 6’0) but it’s worth pointing out that he’s short, not small, and uses his strength well. More than anything, though, he’s really good on the ball, both carrying it forward and spraying it around the pitch.