Gennaro Gattuso to quit Fiorentina just 23 DAYS after being appointed manager in row over Jorge Mendes transfer plans

GENNARO GATTUSO is set to quit as Fiorentina coach just over three weeks after being appointed in a sensational row over transfers.

The role of the Italian’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has reportedly caused a huge rift between Gattuso and the Serie A club’s board.

Jorge Mendes is reportedly at the centre of a row over transfersCredit: Reuters

Around four or five players were set to arrive with the help of the Portuguese ‘super agent’.

Yet the cost and quality of these arrivals is said to have upset the Viola hierarchy, particularly director Joe Barone.

One example being widely reported in the Italian press is that of Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, whose £20million-plus fee put off Fiorentina.

Yet Gattuso is said to have thought the deal was done and dusted, fuelling an irreparable dispute.

Reports suggest the legal representatives of both parties will meet on Thursday to cancel the former midfielder’s agreement with the club.

Fiorentina announced his appointment on May 25, only 23 days ago.

But his contract officially began on July 1, meaning a speedy divorce should be simple to finalise.

Rudi Garcia, most recently of Lyon after spells with Roma, Lille and Marseille, is seen as the frontrunner to take over in the dugout.

Rudi Garcia is the frontrunner to take over at Fiorentina

Rudi Garcia is the frontrunner to take over at FiorentinaCredit: AFP

Former Leicester boss and Fiorentina hero Claudio Ranieri, the manager who brought the Serie B title and Coppa Italia to Tuscany during the 1990s, is also on their radar after leaving Sampdoria.

Gattuso’s exit will be the TWELFTH managerial departure in the Italian top-flight this summer.

A mega merry-go-round has seen champions Inter Milan change coaches along with Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s Roma, and Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio after Simone Inzaghi replaced Antonio Conte at Inter.

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