Fiorentina Shortlist Theate to Bolster Their Defense

Fiorentina might sell Lucas Martinez Quarta and substitute for him with Arthur Theate on deadline day, but both deals need a nudge to come together. Real Betis are chasing after the Argentine, but their offer has been deemed inadequate.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Spanish side offered a season-long loan with an option to buy that would turn into an obligation if some conditions were met. The total package amounts to €10M. While it may not be distant from the center-back’s valuation, the Viola disagree with the formula.

La Liga’s outfit might improve the terms once Luiz Felipe finalizes a €22M transfer to Al Ittihad, which is taking longer than anticipated. If Martinez Quarta left, Fiorentina would go all-in on Theate, who’s waiting for them, L’Equipe informs (via Quotidiano Sportivo).

The Belgian international is being chased after by RB Leipzig, but he prefers returning to Italy. The Viola could lure him by proposing a €2M loan with a €19M clause to make the transfer permanent. He transferred to Rennes last summer for €19M after a solid campaign with Bologna.

Our Take on Fiorentina, Martinez Quarta, and Theate

It’d be quite the transition, as the former has plateaued, and the latter was flat-out better with the Rossoblù and still possesses some upside. However, given their slow MO, there might be too little time to pull it off.

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