A window of opportunity

Who’s in and who’s out of the Viola locker room

Sam Griswold
December 11, 2008

Following the club's unfortunate exit from the Champions League and the upcoming transfer window in January 2009, the Fiorentina may be forced to part ways with more than a few players mid-season.


At the top of the transfer list are strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Pablo Osvaldo, both of whom have seen limited action this season. Despite this, they have piqued the interest of several clubs and may have already played their final matches for the Viola.


Following them out the door could be winger Franco Semioli and defender Manuel Pasqual, both of whom featured with some regularity a season ago but have struggled to make an impact of late. Nonetheless, with several top clubs reportedly interested, including Roma, Napoli and Juventus, it seems fairly certain that they will be leaving Florence in the near future.


On the buying front, the club has been linked with an offer on Italy defender Andrea Barzagli, who reportedly wants to move back to Italy from his German club, Wolfsburg. Barzagli, born in Fiesole, was near to a deal with Fiorentina last summer before he joined Wolfsburg, and he is seen as the ideal sign to secure the somewhat shaky Viola backline.




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