Serie A club Fiorentina have put a £17.7 million price tag on reported Leeds United target Christian Kouame, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Di Marzio suggests Fiorentina are considering selling the Ivorian striker in January amid speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

La Nazione previously named Kouame as a target for Leeds alongside his teammate Erick Pulgar.

Serie A rivals Torino and Verona are also reportedly interested in Kouame.

Shortage of attackers

It was initially thought La Viola would be reluctant to sell Kouame due to a shortage of attackers and an injury to Frank Ribery.

Fiorentina also lost Patrick Cutrone this month, as the Italian forward returned to his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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However, today’s news suggests the Italian club will sell the striker if Leeds or other clubs are prepared to meet their asking price.

 

Fiorentina have reportedly held talks with Kouame’s representatives to discuss his future.

Kouame – career

Kouame initially joined Fiorentina on a short-term loan from Genoa in January 2020 after he scored five goals and provided three assists in 11 league games for il Grifone.

However, the goals dried up and in his loan spell Kouame managed just one goal and two assists in seven league appearances.

Nevertheless, the deal was made permanent in September 2020 and Kouame has gone on to score twice in 19 matches for Fiorentina this season.

His latest strike, a thunderbolt into the top corner, came during the Coppa Italia last-16 defeat to Inter Milan.

However, Leeds may find the £17.7 million price tag too much for a striker who has yet to net double figures in a league season.

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