Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi has arrived to undergo a medical ahead of a move to Juventus.
Bernardeschi did not report for preseason training, with gastroenteritis the reason given, and is set to sign a deal with the Serie A champions, who tweeted footage of him in Turin.
Earlier, Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli had told reporters: “He’s made up his mind.
“I’ve only spoken to him once on the telephone and I can’t waste my energy thinking about what could have been. We just have to think about the future.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 24, 2017
Italy international Bernardeschi has played 72 Serie A games for the Viola but a move to bitter rivals Juve — a path also taken by Roberto Baggio — would see him go from hero to villain with fans.
But his father Alberto told ilbianconero.com: “Like Baggio, my son could also play for Juventus and that’s a dream for any footballer who has the right ambitions.
“I’m a very happy, proud father right now, regardless of what could be about to happen.”
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.