Marco Marchionni's agent Bruno Carpeggiani has exclusively told Goal.com that the deal which is supposed to see the Juventus man head to Fiorentina as part of the Felipe Melo move is hanging by a thread.
On Wednesday negotiations between Marchionni and Fiorentina hit a brick wall after both parties failed to agree personal terms. The Juventus man wants €1.5million per season, but the Viola are only willing to stretch to €1.3m - a €200,0000 difference which is threatening to scupper a deal worth €25m.
Juve have offered Fiorentina €20m plus Marchionni in return for Melo. That deal is likely to collapse if Marchionni and the Viola fail to agree and talks are expected to restart soon.
Goal.com caught up with the player's agent in order to get some exclusive insight into the deal.
"There was a deal in place, but there was not agreement and therefore Marco will join Juventus for pre-season," the agent told Goal.com.
"It's a shame as the player wants to join Fiorentina. They are his first choice. Everything is on standby at the moment. I don't think we can reach a positive solution just yet. However, we have to see what happens in the next few days."
The agent didn't completely rule out the possibility of rescuing the deal. Juventus fans are waiting anxiously on further news. It's now down to Fiorentina and Juve to try and salvage the transfer.
Marchionni turned up for pre-season this morning, but voices in Italy as reported by Sky Sport Italia suggest his name is not on the list of those who will travel to Pinzolo tomorrow- leading to speculation that he will stay in Turin to spark up new talks with the Viola in order to close the deal.
Fabrizio Ponciroli and Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com