Fiorentina Ponder Offloading Backup Striker Kouamé

Fiorentina center-forward Christian Kouamé is set to leave the club once again following last season’s loan spell at Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League. The Ivorian was surprisingly chosen by Vincenzo Italiano to start the Viola’s first match of the new Serie A season against Cremonese, but might soon depart given their need to offload a few players.

Sky Sport (via reports of several suitors for the 24-year-old striker’s signature, including Brighton & Hove Albion, Augsburg, and PSV Eindhoven. All the aforementioned are understood to be interested in loan proposals with conditional obligations to acquire him. In Italy, Empoli are keeping close tabs on his development.

La Viola are said to have proposed the striker to the Azzurri as part of the package to onboard Nedim Bajrarmi, whom they could add anyway even though they are closing in on Antonin Barak, Alfredo Pedullà reports. Sassuolo are also keen on the Albanian playmaker.

Kouamé registered 13 goals and 10 assists in 36 appearances for Anderlecht last campaign, drawing attention from a host of clubs, so Fiorentina will have options if they decide to let go of him. His future is expected to be decided after the second leg in the UEFA Europa Conference League against FC Twente on Thursday.

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