With Gennaro Gattuso, everything can go very quickly. In one direction, as in the other. Just hours after the announcement of his departure from Napoli, the 2006 world champion was officially inducted into the head of Fiorentina on May 25. Three weeks later, Gattuso decided to divorce the Viola. An announcement made by Sky Italia last night and which was formalized by the transalpine formation.
“ACF Fiorentina and Mr. Rino Gattuso, by mutual agreement, have decided not to follow up on the previous agreements and therefore not to start the next season together. The Club immediately set to work to identify a coach who will guide the Viola team towards the results Fiorentina and the City of Florence deserve. ”
This morning Gazzetta dello Sport reveals the reasons for this incredible twist. And obviously, Jorge Mendes is at the heart of the problem. Clearly, Gennaro Gattuso thought that the presence of his super agent would help him to carry out a high-level recruitment campaign for the Viola. Except that the Viola did not hear it the same way. It is also the Sergio Oliveira file that provoked the Florentines’ ire. The latter thought to conclude the deal with Porto thanks to the services of Mendes, on the basis of a transfer to 12 M € (plus bonus).
Rudi Garcia cited among the alternatives of the Viola
In the end, the Dragões demanded € 20 million, a non-negotiable rate. A turnaround that blew up the Italians, no doubt convinced that it was a behind-the-scenes maneuver by Mendes to recover more money. The newspaper also recalls that the boss of Fio, Rocco Commisso, is waging a fierce fight against the explosion of agent commissions and still refuses to collaborate exclusively with a single agent (as AS Monaco had when Mendes had James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in the Principality).
Neither Commisso nor Gattuso agreed to reverse their position. Gattuso did not understand the posture of his ex-club which he considered contrary to the will to make the Viola grow. The two parties did not succeed in reconciling and the departure of Gattuso was therefore recorded. To replace “Ringhio”, the names of Claudio Ranieri, Walter Mazzarri, Rudi Garcia and Andrea Pirlo have already been mentioned.
– ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) June 17, 2021