Our move for Adem Ljajic fell through a few months ago with the club claiming they were no longer interested in signing him. With former Partizan team mate Zoran Tosic failing to break in to the United team and likely to be sold off in the summer, it seemed to be a reasonable explanation.
However, the player’s agent suggested the reason for the deal collapsing was United’s lack of funds.
United fans were left to fear a big talent had slipped from our grasp but after hearing an update on the player today, maybe that is not the case.
A statement on Fiorentina’s official website this afternoon reads as follows:
“ACF Fiorentina communicates that there is an agreement with Partizan Belgrade for the permanent transfer of Adem Ljajic. The deal will be formalised after a medical.”
No other big club came to make a move for the youngster which you would imagine to be the case if he was the real deal. Whilst Fiorentina aren’t nobodies, they haven’t won a trophy for nine years and are currently 6th in Serie A, a league weaker than in Spain and England.
Maybe we will one day be left to rue the decision not to sign him, whether it be because of finances or our thoughts on his ability, but at least all the other European giants snubbed him too.
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