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Monday August 6 2012
Ralf and Babel for Fiorentina?

Fiorentina could add Corinthians midfielder Ralf and Hoffenheim striker Ryan Babel to their rapidly-growing team this week.

According to Mario Tenerani, writer for Florence-based paper Il Giornale della Toscana, these two players might just arrive over the next few days.

Fiorentina, managing a mere 13th place in Serie A last season, were not seen as one of the big move-makers going into the summer-merry-go-round, but with early additions to the boardroom in Technical Director Eduardo Macía and Sporting Director Daniele Pradè, they have set the market alight.

The club recently celebrated its’ 10-year anniversary, being brought back from bankruptcy on 1 August 2002 by current owners Diego and Andrea Della Valle.

They signed Villarreal duo Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodríguez. Just two days later, Alberto Aquilani arrived at the club, becoming the 10th player to join after a string of newcomers including Palermo ‘keeper Emiliano Viviano, troubled Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui and Sporting CP wizard Matías Fernández.

It does not seem to stop there, though, as new Coach Vincenzo Montella is reportedly very keen on adding two new players to his roster. Il Giornale della Toscana claims negotiations are at delicate stages for Corinthians midfielder Ralf and Hoffenheim attacker Babel.

Brazilian 28-year-old Ralf has been rumored to join the Viola during most of the summer, while 25-year-old Netherlands international Babel is a relatively new name to the list of potential transfers.

If deals for Babel and Ralf fail, then it is reported that Fiorentina will hunt for Napoli man Walter Gargano and Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez, attacking winger of Montella’s old club Catania. 

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