Wednesday February 6 2013
Baggio 'seller' would offload Jovetic

Former Fiorentina patron Ranieri Pontello thinks that the club should learn from the Roberto Baggio sale and cash in on Stevan Jovetic.

The Pontello family were in charge of the Tuscan outfit in 1990 when they opted to sell Baggio to arch rivals Juventus for a world record £8m fee.

Now, almost 25 years later, Pontello has told Tuttosport that Juve-target Jovetic should also be sacrificed.

“There is a similarity between the two situations,” he stated. “We are talking about great players and two important clubs such as Fiorentina and Juventus.

“However, between Baggio and Jovetic, there is a difference. The Baggio of that time was superior to the present Jovetic.

“But I would be in favour of a sale if a notable offer is put on the table. After all, the Della Valle family are looking for balance between results and their accounts.

“With the money they can get from Jovetic, the Viola could move really well on the market. The club have shown recently that they are excellent at investing.”

Baggio’s sale to the Turin giants led to protests in the streets of Florence.

“There would be no revolt for Jovetic,” he added. “Times have changed. There are few flag-bearers in the game now.”

Juventus and Fiorentina will face each other in Serie A this weekend.