La Viola have confirmed that an agreement with the Premier League club had been reached, with contracts exchanged, the first instalment of the payment due to United made and personal terms agreed verbally with the Bulgarian forward.
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Fiorentina have now expressed their disgust with the behaviour of competing clubs and insist that the 31-year-old "did not deserve to wear our jersey".
"The player got on the flight with his agent and on tickets paid for by Fiorentina," the statement reads. "He never arrived in Florence.
"This was down to outlandish and arrogant behaviour of other clubs, who have nothing to do with fair play and sporting ethics that go even beyond the confines of fairness.
"As for the player, apart from his characteristics and his value on the field, at this stage we are happy he didn't come to Fiorentina. He did not deserve our city, to wear our jersey or the values that represent it."