West Ham United midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is to jet out to Italy tomorrow to seal his loan exit from the London Stadium, according to Sky journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Italian journalist has reported on his website that the central midfielder – who is currently on £30,000 a week [Spotrac] – is to have a medical at Serie A side Fiorentina and wrap up his temporary exit from the Hammers.
Di Marzio claims that negotiations over a loan transfer for the 22-year-old have been been completed, with it is set to cost the Italian outfit around £900,000.
Fernandes made 14 appearances in the Premier League last season for the Irons, as well as two League Cup appearances.
Edimilson Fernandes clearly does not feature in boss Manuel Pellegrini’s plans for the upcoming season, especially if he has gone out on loan. However, the club have chosen not to get rid of him on a permanent basis, which could potentially mean that they may give him a chance in the squad next season, depending on how he performs during his loan stint in Italy. Pellegrini has an array of midfielders at his disposal, including Pedro Obiang and new signing Jack Wilshere, so Fernandes was not likely to get near a first team spot in the central midfield any time soon. Being farmed out on loan will hopefully give him the experience to come back as a player who can challenge for the first team, particularly as he is likely to be getting regular playing time at Fiorentina. At the age of 22, he is still developing as a player, and giving him a chance in the first team is undoubtedly a risk that Pellegrini was not willing to make just yet.