Fiorentina are ready to snatch Lazio playmaker Cristian Ledesma from under the noses of Juventus, according to La Repubblica newspaper.
Ledesma has been frozen out of the Biancocelesti squad and has set about having his contract rescinded.
Juve have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old in recent weeks, but doubts over the future of under-fire boss Ciro Ferrara have stalled negotiations.
Lazio President, Claudio Lotito, seems prepared to accept Fiorentina’s proposal after meeting with their director of sport Pantaleo Corvino over the past few days.
Corvino has reportedly put €5 million on the Aquile’s table and the rights to central defender Cesare Natali.
Lotito is evidently keen to cash in on the Argentine in order to avoid a repeat of the Goran Pandev case after the Macedonian freed himself from his contract with the club last month and joined Inter on a free transfer.
A deal between the two clubs is said to be close and Ledesma appears open to a move to the Stadio Franchi, but has yet to agree terms with the Gigliati, who are offering him a three-year contract.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com