The colour purple

Viola transfer news

David August
July 14, 2011

With club officials hoping to rebuild the squad, the Fiorentina will not look the same next season.


Midfielders Marco Donadel and Mario Santana both left for Napoli, and the Viola's hero Adrian Mutu went to Cesena. It is also reported that the Viola's versatile midfielder Juan Vargas is currently fielding offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool, which has already stated that it is willing to spend 20 million euro on him.


Although every departure will hurt Fiorentina, Mutu's is the most heartbreaking. He wore the purple jersey for five years, was named the best player in Serie A in 2006-2007, and is the fifth highest goal scorer in the club's history. ‘The club will always be in my heart after the wonderful experiences there,' he told the local press.


Other star players who look like they are headed for the door are Riccardo Montolivo, who is being courted by Rome and Milan; and Alberto Gilardino, who is said to want more money next season. Club officials, however, are already eyeing a replacement for Gilardino: striker Maxi Lopez from Catania.


There is also a continuing problem with teams poaching Italy's developing talent. The most recent case is Manchester United's luring of the 15-year-old goalkeeper Gollini. The main reason that young Italian talent is vulnerable to poaching is Italy's rule prohibiting players from signing professional contracts before age 18; the signing age is younger in other national leagues in Europe.

However, there is some bright news on the horizon. Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic officially stated that he will stay in Florence rather than take the Inter Milan coaching job.


In addition, Fiorentina acquired fullback Noronha Romulo from Brazil for 2.5 million euros. The 24-year-old has been dubbed the new Cafu for his speed and intelligence.


Goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has also said that he would like to stay in Florence. Meanwhile, the Viola made an offer for Manchester United's Alessio Cerci; they also seem to be in talks to purchase 23-year-old Brazilian Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior, known as Paulinho, who plays for Corinthians.


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