Wednesday August 17 2011
'Lopez is ideal for Fiorentina'

Catania chief Pietro Lo Monaco believes Maxi Lopez would be a worthy replacement at Fiorentina for Alberto Gilardino.

Reports over the last two weeks have suggested that the Viola will make a move for the Argentine if Gila is sold.

Although Lo Monaco insists there is no deal in place to send the South American to Florence, he has opened the door for such a switch to occur.

"I can't confirm Fiorentina's interest in Lopez," the official told Radio Blu on Wednesday afternoon. "I don't know if they have such a need.

"I last spoke to Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino about a month ago, when he wanted to sign Matias Silvestre [now at Palermo] in a co-ownership deal.

"However, Fiorentina would be doing a great piece of business should they sell Gilardino and sign Maxi Lopez.

"I'm just taking into account their ages, their salary requests and the fact that Maxi is a striker who Sinisa Mihajlovic knows well."

Mihajlovic bossed the forward at Catania before his switch to the Viola. Gilardino, meanwhile, is being linked with a transfer to Genoa.

Maxi Lopez is 27, two years younger than Gila, and he earns €0.8m a season after tax. The Italian is on €2m a campaign.

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