Friday January 8 2016
Fiore in for Missiroli, Ranocchia

Fiorentina's market strategy aims to secure Sassuolo's Simone Missiroli and Inter's Andrea Ranocchia among others.

The Viola's successful first half of the season is persuading Andrea Della Valle to upgrade the team significantly and push for the Serie A podium.

The primary target to reinforce the ranks of the Gigliati is a midfielder, with Missiroli a favourite of Coach Paulo Sousa, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 29-year-old recently renewed his contract with the Neroverdi and will not be coming cheap.

An equally ambitious and potentially even more expensive target is Anderlecht's Dennis Praet, though the Italians will have to beat Liverpool to sign him.

As a back-up plan for either of these two players, Fiorentina may still sign Atalanta's Luca Cigarini.

The club from Florence reportedly also has an eye on Ranocchia, especially as Argentine club Racing Club de Avellaneda seems reluctant to sell the alternative Lisandro Lopez.

But the former Inter captain presents several obstacles, not least his expensive salary. The Nerazzurri are refusing to pay even a fraction of it.

Furthermore Ranocchia has already been associated to a wealth of Italian and international clubs, the latest of which is Sampdoria.