Friday June 28 2013
Verona boss hoping for Toni swoop

Verona tactician Andrea Mandorlini has welcomed Massimo Donati to the club and he’s hoping Luca Toni will soon follow him to the Stadio Bentegodi.

Verona, who will be fighting to avoid relegation as the soccer betting odds testify following their fine promotion to Serie A last season, are trying to strengthen their squad to launch a successful survival campaign.

Donati, a former player with Bari, Milan and Celtic, has already joined the Gialloblu, while the club’s sporting director Sean Sogliano has confirmed that veteran hitman Toni is of interest too.

“Donati could be very useful to us,” Mandorlini, a former defender during his playing career, told Radio Verona.

“He has experience, he is versatile seeing as he can play in any midfield role and he is the kind of player that we were looking for. He’s also really motivated.”

While Donati is a welcome addition, Toni would represent a bigger name signing even though he is now at the age of 36.

“Toni’s career speaks for itself,” Mandorlini, who has a coaching past with the likes of Vicenza, Atalanta and Bologna, continued.

“However, there is nothing official right now. It will take some time so we will just have to be patient when it comes to this situation.

“Luca has many admirers. I don’t know if he will arrive, but he is certainly a player that we are interested in signing.”

Toni is a free agent after his contract at Fiorentina expired. He joined the Viola last summer, for the second time in his career, and scored eight goals in 27 League games.

The former Bayern Munich man won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals at that German event.

“Maintaining our new Serie A status is the objective,” Mandorlini continued. “We are back in the top flight after a long time and it will certainly be difficult.”

























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