Inter and Fiorentina are reportedly combining forces to block Federico Chiesa’s move to Juventus, sending him to San Siro in 2020 for €70m.
It is another step towards a Cold War between former Juve colleagues and now bitter rivals, Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici.
For several months now, Sky Sport Italia have reported that Juventus had agreed personal terms with Chiesa and his entourage, with the player pushing to be allowed an exit.
However, the Viola are resisting all offers thanks to new owner Rocco Commisso and were openly irritated by the background approach to their player.
Now La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport both state Inter are preparing a pact with Fiorentina to block Chiesa heading to Juventus, instead ensuring he’ll go to San Siro in 2020.
It comes after the Bianconeri put a massive spanner in the works for Inter by agreeing terms with Mauro Icardi, which has led to him rejecting all other offers, including Napoli and Roma.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Chiesa would accept the Inter move, but in any case it represents another chapter in the rivalry between the two clubs.
This also suggests other Serie A clubs are beginning to take action against a trend for Juve to agree personal terms with players and then try to force their clubs to lower the price-tags.