Fiorentina make initial contact with Galatasaray for Nicolo Zaniolo

Fiorentina have embarked on discussions with Galatasaray regarding the potential acquisition of Nicolo Zaniolo. The versatile forward, presently honing his craft on loan at Aston Villa, has exhibited flashes of brilliance under the tutelage of manager Unai Emery.

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According to sources from, Fiorentina has formally made contact with Galatasaray to delve into the possibility of securing the services of the 24-year-old talent. While substantive negotiations are yet to kick off, Fiorentina’s interest in the Italian attacker is described as resolute and sincere.

A native of Massa, Tuscany, Zaniolo sharpened his skills within Fiorentina’s youth setup. However, on the final day of the 2016 mid-year transfer window, he bid adieu to Fiorentina, subsequently linking up with Virtus Entella.

Standing tall at 1.90 meters, Zaniolo boasts a potent blend of physicality, agility, and speed, complemented by his adept dribbling abilities. His versatility on the pitch is palpable, evident through his flair, technical prowess, unwavering work ethic, inexhaustible energy, and imposing physical stature.

Zaniolo’s adaptability enables him to thrive in various midfield roles, whether as an attacking midfielder, trequartista, offensive-minded central midfielder, mezzala, box-to-box midfielder, or even as a deep-lying playmaker.

During his spell at Aston Villa in the Premier League, Nicolo Zaniolo made 24 appearances, clocking 816 minutes on the field, and notching two goals. Additionally, he featured in 10 matches in the Conference League for Aston Villa this season, finding the net once.

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Furthermore, his international endeavors with Italy have seen him amass 19 caps, contributing two goals for his national team.

According to, Zaniolo’s current market value stands at 20 million euros.

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Zaniolo remains tied to Galatasaray until the culmination of the 2027 season. Notably, Villa’s loan arrangement incorporates a clause allowing for a €22.5 million buyout, indicative of the club’s keen desire to secure his services permanently.

As Fiorentina ramps up its pursuit of Zaniolo, negotiations with Galatasaray are set to unfold in the ensuing weeks. The Italian outfit views the versatile attacker as a prized asset, one capable of bolstering their attacking prowess for the seasons ahead.

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Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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