Saturday July 20 2013
Fiorentina go for De Rossi?

Fiorentina’s ambition knows no bounds, as Adem Ljajic agrees a new deal, plus bids for Josip Ilicic, Marco Verratti, Radja Nainggolan and Daniele De Rossi.

The Viola finished fourth in Serie A last season and are determined to strengthen for Champions League qualification or more.

According to several different reports, Ljajic has agreed to sign a contract extension to June 2017 with an option for a further season.

It is a strong message, as his current deal is set to expire in June 2014, so a transfer to Milan had been on the cards.

Having sold Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City for €30m on Friday, Fiorentina are eager to re-invest in some big names.

Talks with Palermo for Ilicic have been at an advanced stage for weeks, so he is expected to join for €9m on Monday or Tuesday.

According to La Repubblica, the Tuscans are preparing audacious bids for several top midfield stars.

Italy international Verratti has been a sensation at PSG and Fiorentina hope they can tempt him back for his debut Serie A campaign, although the French club is unwilling to sell.

The Viola could also join the bidding war for Cagliari midfielder Nainggolan, which includes Inter, Napoli, Roma and Southampton.

More surprisingly, Fiorentina are linked with an offer for Roma star De Rossi, who has already worked with Coach Vincenzo Montella both as his player and teammate.

De Rossi is increasingly unsettled at Roma amid protests from fans and a lack of support within the club, but so far nobody has made the right proposal.

He would reunite with several ex-Roma teammates, including Alberto Aquilani and David Pizarro.