NEWS
Friday August 19 2011
Corvino reveals Viola transfer plans

Fiorentina transfer chief Pantaleo Corvino has discussed the futures of Alberto Gilardino and Riccardo Montolivo, as well as revealing the truth about Alberto Aquilani.

Gilardino has been linked with a switch to Genoa, but the sporting director insists nothing has been decided.

"I haven't yet received an official offer," Corvino noted. "Genoa have manifested their interest, but that is all.

"Whoever remains at this club must show an attachment to the shirt. We have a need for players who want Fiorentina and who are happy to stay."

One man who wants out is Montolivo, the now former club captain who has refused to sign an extension to his contract which expires in 2012.

"I was offered a swap deal by his agent, but I wasn't satisfied," Corvino continued. "To be specific, Milan offered me a half share in Rodney Strasser and Alberto Paloschi.

"Perhaps someone thinks that they can wait until the last day of the window and then make an absurd offer.

"If Riccardo is sold then he will be released to a foreign club."

The Viola thought they had already found a replacement for Montolivo in the form of Italy international Aquilani.

"He was my idea, the Coach didn't ask me for him. We had agreed a loan with Liverpool and Aquilani, but then the player asked for a permanent transfer."

The Viola chief then answered questions on Alessio Cerci, Milan's Antonio Cassano and Gaston Ramirez of Bologna.

"Alessio is important and he hasn't asked to be sold. Manchester City made us an offer, but it didn't meet our demands.

"Cassano wouldn't seem like a logical buy for a 4-3-3 system.

"Ramirez is a second striker or he could play wide in a 4-3-3, but that doesn't mean that we'll sign him."

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