Later today Cristante is expected to take the next flight out to Portugal and join the team in preseason. Alessandro Florenzi, however, will not be present on that same flight.
In fact, the Italian right-back is not expected to train with the rest of the team despite Mourinho considered giving him a chance. Florenzi, after a year-long loan spell at PSG, wants guaranteed playing time, which he is unlikely to obtain in the Italian capital with the likes of Karsdorp starting ahead of him.
Thus, Florenzi’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, is busy looking for a suitable solution for his client.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the right-back is currently considered by Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1. The new manager there, Peter Bosz, wants a reliable and experienced player for that particular position and Florenzi is on top of the French club’s shopping list.
Moreover, Fiorentina, who have let go of Pol Lirola, wanted to initially bring in Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta on loan. However, the transfer is more complicated than the Viola expected. In case Zappacosta were not to arrive, Florenzi would become the primary option for Vincenzo Italiano’s side.
As we enter the last month of the transfer window, it is increasingly unlikely that we will see Florenzi back in the capital for the upcoming campaign.