Fiorentina are reluctant to make Edimilson Fernandes’ move permanent when his season-long loan from West Ham expires, according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentino (via Football Italia) claims that Fiorentina are having second thoughts about keeping Fernandes.
The central midfielder joined Fiorentina last summer on loan with an option to purchase him for €8m (around £6.8m).
But his performances this season have not convinced Fiorentina that he is worth that price and they could let him return to West Ham.
Edimilson Fernandes at Fiorentina
Despite featuring regularly, Fernandes has struggled at times for Fiorentina this season. In 27 games, the 22-year-old has only managed two goals.
Considering that Fernandes is an attack-minded central midfielder, Fiorentina would want a better goal return than this from the West Ham man.
And with eight yellow cards and one red card, Fiorentina are worried about Fernandes’ disciplinary record. This could be a factor in the Viola’s decision this summer.
Does Edimilson Fernandes have a future at West Ham?
If Fiorentina opt against signing Fernandes, he will return to West Ham for pre-season. But whether he has a future remains to be seen.
The Switzerland international showed promise but was inconsistent and never set the Premier League alight. And Manuel Pellegrini clearly did not rate him as he was the one who chose to send him to Fiorentina on loan with an option to buy.
After an unconvincing season in Serie A, Fernandes faces a battle to convince Pellegrini that he has a future at West Ham.