Fiorentina are still yet to make a decision on whether to sign West Ham loanee Edimilson Fernandes on a permanent basis, according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper La Nazione (via Sport Witness) reports that Fiorentina’s new manager Vincenzo Montella will have the final say on this transfer.
Fiorentina recently parted ways with Stefano Pioli and brought in Montella. But the new boss is yet to make his mind up on Fernandes, who is on loan with an option to buy for €8m (just under £7m).
What does the future hold for Edimilson Fernandes?
Last summer, after taking over as West Ham manager, Manuel Pellegrini decided to let Fernandes leave on a loan-to-buy arrangement.
Pellegrini clearly did not rate the central midfielder and was willing to let him leave. Fernandes was picked up by Fiorentina but has had a mixed campaign.
The Switzerland international has played 25 Serie A games. But he has only scored two goals and is yet to provide an assist.
Last weekend, Fernandes played his first game under Montella after returning from a six-week injury. It was a 10-minute cameo in the loss against Juventus.
But with Fiorentina stuttering over this deal, Fernandes faces an uncertain future. The 23-year-old could be at West Ham, Fiorentina or elsewhere next season.
If Fiorentina do not exercise their option to purchase, West Ham could still look to offload Fernandes to boost their summer budget.