There are reports that Premier League side Everton are continuing to push for a summer transfer for Fiorentina attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic, as they have been impressed by the 21-year-old’s six goals between Serie A and the Coppa Italia this season.
His contract expires in June 2014 and so far there have been no steps forward in terms of a renewal. This would mean that although the player is highly rated, the asking price wouldn’t put Everton out of the running.
Ljajic hit the headlines after a bizarre incident last April when he reacted sarcastically to a substitution and then-Fiorentina Coach Rossi attacked him in the dug-out. Rossi was fired the next day, but continues to insist the player insulted him and his family to provoke that reaction.
“I thank my teammates who confirmed I had not offended Delio. That was the saddest situation of my life and I really expected to leave Fiorentina, while the club also considered selling me. I don’t like this reputation I have of being a spoilt brat when I left home at 13 to play in Belgrade.”
The Fiorentina player admits he “expected to leave” after he was punched by Coach Delio Rossi and won’t sing the Serbian anthem.