Sevilla has given the shelves to the winter market specifying the transfer of the Colombian Luis Muriel to Fiorentina until the end of the season. The attacker returns in this way to Italian football, where he formed and exploded as a player after a brief passage through Colombia. Sevilla paid Sampdoria 21.5 million euros for this player, which made him the most expensive signing in the history of the entity. This fact has always weighed on the performance of Muriel in the last year and a half with Sevilla. Recruited as a striker, the Colombian has scored only 13 goals in the 65 games he has played in all competitions with Sevilla.
Fiorentina reserves a purchase option for Muriel at the end of this assignment contract as announced by the statement offered by Seville itself. Muriel's operation was the first of its kind carried out by Óscar Arias, the sports director who replaced Monchi in Sevilla in the summer of 2017. Muriel was never able to meet the expectations of his signing and was unable to offer a continuous performance. Only halfway through last year, with the arrival of Vincenzo Montella to the bench of Sevilla, Muriel had something more outstanding performances in his journey in the Andalusian club. Montella directed it in Italy, precisely in Sampdoria. In that stretch of competition, Muriel scored four goals in LaLiga and one in the semifinal of the Cup against Leganes that helped Sevilla. Muriel scored seven goals in LaLiga last season in 29 games. In this course he has only done one (against Barcelona) in six league matches. Yes he has scored three goals in European competition.
The current coach of Sevilla, Pablo Machín, has hardly counted on the Colombian, who gave permission to not return to work after the Christmas holidays while managing his move to Italian football. Muriel was close to landing at Milan, but the player has preferred to sign for Fiorentina. It was in Italy where Muriel offered his best numbers as a footballer: he scored 13 goals between Liga and Copa with Sampdoria in the 2016-17 fiscal year, just before signing for Sevilla.
The departure of Muriel anticipates the arrival of an attack game against Sevilla. Machín has requested reinforcements to maintain the level of the third classified in the second stage of the championship. Sevilla have a hard January ahead: in just 20 days they will play against Atlético de Madrid, Athletic Club and Madrid in LaLiga. In addition, it has an eliminatory of eighth of Cup before the own Athletic.