Reports in Italy are suggesting Vlad Chiriches’ days in north London are coming to a conclusion, with Fiorentina set to complete a loan deal for the Tottenham centre-back.
Along with former teammate Younes Kaboul, the Romanian found chances to play in his preferred position hard to come by under Mauricio Pochettino and is sure to leave White Hart Lane this summer after the rearguard department was bolstered by the arrivals of Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer.
Better things were expected of Chiriches following his £6.7m move from Steaua Bucharest, but a Fiorentina switch could well see the 25-year-old realise his potential.
La Viola have savoured plenty of joy in recent seasons raiding the reserves of sides stationed in the Premier League’s upper echelons, rekindling the careers of those written off as useless following unsuccessful spells in England.
Stefavn Savic was often scapegoated for Manchester City’s defensive shortcomings during their title-winning 2011/12 campaign.
It proved to be the Montenegrin’s only season at the Eithad before he was shipped off to the Tuscan capital.
Here he instantly established himself as a regular member of the first-team, playing frequently over a three-year tenure, impressing suitably to earn a move to Atletico Madrid to replace stalwart Miranda.
Chelsea’s Mo Salah is another example.
Very much a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge, the Egyptian was parachuted into west London in the January transfer window of 2014.
Barely used across the next 12 months, Salah fell into Fiorentina’s clutches the following winter.
His loan spell started in electrifying style, scoring five and assisting one across his first five Serie A outings, a figure that had swollen to eight by the season’s end.
Now Chelsea are inundated with Salah suitors from the kingdom of calcio and look set to sanction his sale to Roma, from whom they’ll cop a reported £16m.
Should Chiriches shine in Florence, shrewd salesmen Spurs will be swimming in profits when it comes to selling the Romanian permanently next summer.