The project isn't finalised, funding structure isn't secured yet and the deadline was to end in 10 days. That's why Fiorentine asked for the second prolongation of the deadline.
Ever since the controversial Della Valle family announced back in June that they plan to sell Fiorentina, their new stadium scheme was understood to be hanging on by a thread. While still officially the plan, there was no solid news about progress.
But the plan remains, as confirmed by chairman Mario Cognigni during the Christmas reception. He referred to the new stadium as a necessity. At the same time there are no milestones reached for the €420-million megaproject at Mercafir grounds, which would include over 40,000 seats for Viola supporters.
Since Fiorentina is the only viable entity to go forward with such project, the city has already granted extension of period to deliver the full documentation and secure financing. While non-binding, this deadline – set for December 31 after prolongation by 6 months – is considered important to the overall cooperation between public authorities and the club.
With just 10 days remaining until the year-end deadline, Fiorentina yesterday asked for more time once again. There's no confirmation from the city yet, but according to Corriere Fiorentino the municipality will approve.
This time, however, there are conditions attached. First, this will be the last time. Second, Fiorentina must present progress during this latest prolongation. It's worth mentioning though, that already now the initial time frame for stadium construction (2019-2021) seems beyond reach, at least according to Fiorentina.it.
Will they make it? It's hard to tell, especially with the Della Valle family confirming their intention to sell the club.
“We have not changed our mind. The way of the heart tells me to stay in Florence for another 10 years, but other things lead me to some reflections. To date there have been no concrete offers, even from abroad. The new stadium? We believe in the realization but this would not change the value of club.” Andrea Della Valle said bitterly.