Rome, March 12 (IANS) ACF Fiorentina have rubbished a media report that the Serie A football club has agreed to sell young playmaker Federico Bernardeschi to Inter Milan in the summer.
A report by Il Messaggero editor Massimo Caputi on Saturday claimed that "the deal will go through" and Inter will pay Fiorentina around 40 million euro (about $42 million) to rope in 23-year-old Bernardeschi, an academy product of the Florence-based Serie A outfit.
"Such reports are utterly groundless and far removed from reality. Bernardeschi has always declared and demonstrated his loyalty to the Viola cause and the club has stressed its intention to keep the player in Florence," Fiorentina said in a statement.
The Italian international has attracted interest from several top European clubs after scoring 10 times this Serie A campaign. He also played well at the Europa League.
Bernardeschi has made seven appearances for the Italian national team, making his debut against Spain in March 2016.
Apart from Juventus, several English clubs, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United reportedly want to hire Bernadeschi's service.