Saturday December 31 2011
Amauri: 'Let me replace Gila'

As Alberto Gilardino prepares to join Genoa, Amauri admits he’d love to be his replacement at Fiorentina. “I’d accept with great enthusiasm.”

Gila already underwent his medical on Friday and this transfer, worth around €8m, sets off a domino effect around Serie A.

Genoa’s Andrea Caracciolo is set for Novara, while the Viola now need a replacement for Gilardino. Options include Maxi Lopez of Catania, Parma’s Sergio Floccari and Palermo forward Mauricio Pinilla.

However, by far the most likely candidate is Juventus outcast Amauri, who has not even had a spot on the bench this season.

“Florence is a wonderful city and I have no problem reaching an agreement with Fiorentina, as they are an ambitious club,” said the Brazilian who plays for Italy.

“I would accept with great enthusiasm. Reducing my wages would not be an issue, because that is the least of my concerns. We’ll see if these rumours become reality, as I am honoured to hear of their interest.

“I’d also like to make it clear that I never rejected Genoa. I had contact with the Rossoblu before Christmas and planned another meeting, but it never happened. The only club I ever turned down was Olympique Marseille, because they wouldn’t give me the contract length that I wanted,” he told TMW.

“My story with Juventus ended in January last year. I didn’t want it to end this way and could not understand all the rage against me. I don’t even want to understand it. This is over for me and I just want to find a team to recuperate the five months I lost here at Juventus.”

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