Juan Cuadrado is reportedly the subject of a planned £30m bid from Manchester United - but the Colombian international must force a move with a transfer request.
Fiorentina are unwilling to enter negotiations with Manchester United over the sale of Cuadrado, with Louis van Gaal planning to offer up to €38.5m to land the attacker in the first week of the January transfer window.
Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport - via Football Italia - report that Fiorentina are desperate to keep the highly rated winger at the club and would rather force him to submit a transfer request.
Tactical transfer request
That would allow the club to save face with the fans, as it would make Cuadrado the villain in the eyes of the supporters and force Manchester United to pay over the odds to sign him.
If Fiorentina just sold up, they could be accused of stripping the club down of its top assets.
They may still sell him in June, when Manchester United would likely face competition from the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona, but only a player request would force a January sale.
Several clubs were interested in Cuadrado over the summer, including Chelsea and United although the Stamford Bridge club look the much more settled side and may not be interested when the transfer window reopens.
Cuadrado was one of the stars of Colombia's journey to the World Cup quarter-final last summer, along with Real Madrid's James Rodriguez.
The 26-year-old was exceptional for Fiorentina last term, scoring several important goals towards the end of the season but he has started slowly this term, like his team.
Fiorentina sit ninth in the league and Cuadrado is without a goal or assist through his first three Serie A games.