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Friday August 9 2019
Viola desperately seeking strikers

Fiorentina were the home of Gabriel Batistuta and Luca Toni, so Giancarlo Rinaldi finds their current crop of forwards a painful sight.

If real-life honeymoon periods lasted as long as their footballing equivalent, you would fear for many couples even making it up the steps to the airplane. Some would glance at William Hill bonus odds on a divorce during the exchange of vows. The glorious chanting at the arrival of new owner Rocco Commisso in Florence is already in danger of being drowned out by the grumbles about a lack of significant acquisitions. Whatever happened to for better, for worse?

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Sunday June 23 2019
Commisso: 'Chiesa stays at Fiorentina'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso reiterated Federico Chiesa “will stay for at least another year” and he’ll keep trying for Gabriel Batistuta.

The new owner flew in this morning after returning to America for a couple of weeks and spoke to Sky Sport Italia about Juventus transfer target Chiesa.

“I haven’t spoken to his entourage, but I saw the Italy U21 game last night and he scored a great goal. Unless there’s something I don’t know, then Chiesa will stay for at least another year.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Batistuta set for Fiorentina

Gabriel Batistuta is reportedly on the verge of returning to Fiorentina, although his role has yet to be defined.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, an official announcement will be made in ‘the next few hours’ after more talks between Batistuta and Fiorentina official Joe Barone on Monday evening.

However, the newspaper is split on whether the former Argentina striker will be brought in as an ambassador or Vice-President.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Batistuta: 'I want to be of use'

Gabriel Batistuta warned he will only return to Rocco Commisso’s new-look Fiorentina if he is “of real use” to the club.

New owner Commisso confirmed he had approached Batigol for a role within the hierarchy of the side he represented in the 1990s, but “nothing has been decided yet.”

Now the Argentina international has spoken to Sky Sport Italia about the situation.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Batistuta: 'If Fiorentina did think of me...'

Gabriel Batistuta “would be very flattered and happy” if he were offered a role in the new Fiorentina administration. “You know what they mean to me.”

There were reports that new patron Rocco Commisso was going to bring Batigol back to Florence after completing the takeover of the club from Andrea and Diego Della Valle.

“If Fiorentina really were to think of me, I’d be very flattered and very happy,” the club icon told Lady Radio.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Batistuta offered Fiorentina return?

Fiorentina have reportedly offered club legend Gabriel Batistuta a position on their new-look board.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has reached out to Batistuta over a return.

The Sky Sport Italia journalist stresses his role has yet to be defined but that it will become clearer over the next few days, with team manager Giancarlo Antognoni acting as a mediator.

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Friday June 7 2019
Legends linked with Viola returns

As Rocco Commisso promises ‘beautiful news’, it is claimed Fiorentina could give roles to club legends Rui Costa and Gabriel Batistuta.

Commisso completed his takeover of Fiorentina on Thursday, and he proceeded to tell reporters: “I’ll give you all some beautiful news in a day or two.”

According to La Nazione, the Italo-American billionaire is planning to bring back Rui Costa as sporting director.

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Tuesday May 21 2019
'Batistuta wants Middlesbrough job'

A unnamed source close to Gabriel Batistuta claims the former Fiorentina striker wants to become the next Middlesbrough Coach.

Batistuta has his coaching badges but has no prior managerial experience, although he did work as a technical director for Argentine side Colon back in 2013.

“Gabi has a fantastic record both as a world leading player and technical director,” they told the Hartlepool Mail.

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Wednesday May 8 2019
Batistuta hails Liverpool 'lions'

Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has hailed Liverpool for ‘moving’ him after they ‘transformed into lions’ against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Liverpool not only repeated Roma’s Champions League comeback against Barca last season but went one better, scoring a fourth goal to beat the Blaugrana and reach another Champions League Final.

“Liverpool’s comeback was incredible, with technical and physical differences that moved me,” tweeted Batistuta.

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Monday April 1 2019
Batistuta: I'd like Viola role

Gabriel Batistuta has revealed that he would like to join the Fiorentina board. “I’d like to represent them officially.”

Batistuta’s contribution to the Viola cause over the years was recognised on Sunday as thousands came out for the ‘Bati50’ event in Florence.

“I didn’t expect such a thing, even if Florence loves me,” the former Argentina striker, who recently turned 50, told reporters.

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