Clasie could snub Premier League move in favour of Fiorentina

Jordy Clasie could be heading to Fiorentina in the summer, according to his agent.

The 21-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the hottest talents in Dutch football, and he won his fourth international cap when he came off the bench during Holland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Estonia in Amsterdam on Friday evening.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Clasie in recent weeks, with each club believed to have despatched scouts to watch him in action for Feyenoord. The youngster has started every Eredivisie match for De Club aan de Maas this term, as they chase a first league title since the 1998-98 campaign; Ronald Koeman’s side are currently in third position in the table, yet they are just a single point behind leaders Ajax with seven games left.

Clasie, who still has two years remaining on his contract in Rotterdam, is likely to be persuaded to stay for at least another season if they reach the UEFA Champions League, in the knowledge he would figure regularly in the competition. But were he to leave when the window reopens, it appears as though he could well snub the Premier League for Italy.

Serie A side Fiorentina have expressed an interest in the youngster as they look to continue their progress of this season. Last term they finished in 13th position in the top-flight, but under Vincenzo Montella, they are currently in fourth spot and pushing for the Champions League. And with Giuseppe Rossi already signed up for next season, the addition of Clasie would be another exciting signing for Viola should they lure him to Florence during the summer.

“Fiorentina like the player and have informed Feyenoord of their interest,” agent Wessel Weezenberg told Radio Blu. “We will talk to Clasie about this option as soon as he returns from international duty. Fiorentina are a great club who play one of the best styles of football. The presence of a fantastic player like David Pizarro could also help him to grow and learn a lot in Florence. Fiorentina could be an important opportunity for Clasie.”

Of course, this may be a bit of mischief on behalf of the agent in trying to engineer something of a bidding war for his client in the summer. And if Clasie continues to impress as he has over the past couple of seasons, interest in the Haarlem-born youngster is sure to grow in the coming weeks.


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