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Wednesday August 21 2019
Montella: 'Ribery is extraordinary'

Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella reveals he had “a kick-about” with new signing Franck Ribery today and could use Federico Chiesa as a False 9.

The veteran signed a two-year contract today, after 12 seasons at Bayern Munich.

“He is an extraordinary player, he’s eager and we believe he can express himself at his levels here,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia after dinner with Ribery and the club directors.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Fiorentina in talks for Raphinha

Fiorentina are targeting Sporting CP right-sided winger Raphinha with negotiations to lower the €25m asking price.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, talks are progressing well for the 22-year-old talent.

Their first choices had been Matteo Politano of Inter or Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, but those clubs refused to sell.

Raphinha is a right-sided winger with a strong left foot, so can cut inside to cross or shoot, as requested by Coach Vincenzo Montella.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Chiesa to Juve if Fiorentina reinforce?

Fiorentina might sell Federico Chiesa to Juventus if they get a replacement, it’s reported, such as Matteo Politano, Domenico Berardi or Rodrigo De Paul.

Eyebrows were raised this afternoon when agent Fali Ramadani was spotted at the Juve HQ for a long meeting with director of sport Fabio Paratici.

At the same time, the Viola did not deny they were looking for more wide men to join their trident attack after Kevin-Prince Boateng and Franck Ribery.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Laxalt chooses Atalanta

Atalanta are expected to close a deal for Milan full-back Diego Laxalt tomorrow, beating Fiorentina, Marseille and Fenerbahce.

The Uruguay international is no longer required at San Siro, just a year after his €14m plus bonuses move from Genoa.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Atalanta have agreed basic terms with the Rossoneri, a loan with option to buy that will become an obligatory purchase when certain conditions are met.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Biraghi-Dalbert swap back on

Inter are back in advanced talks with Fiorentina to exchange Cristiano Biraghi with Henrique Dalbert, as Nice didn’t agree terms for the Brazilian.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the swap is back on, but all depends on Dalbert accepting a move to the Viola.

It had been the original idea agreed by the two clubs, while Italy international Biraghi is eager to join Antonio Conte’s squad.

This fell apart, as confirmed by Fiorentina director Daniele Pradè this week, because Dalbert “preferred a return to Nice.”

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Barone: 'Why Ribery chose Fiorentina'

Fiorentina consultant Joe Barone said Franck Ribery “was offered a lot of money elsewhere, but chose” the Viola for the city and project.

The former Bayern Munich hero was a free agent and signed a two-year contract this afternoon.

“He is training, is very eager and today is a very important moment for Fiorentina,” Barone told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Ribery: 'Blessed by Fiorentina'

Franck Ribery feels “blessed and happy to sign a new contract at a great club in a great city” after joining Fiorentina.

The France international spent 12 years at Bayern Munich and was a free agent when his contract expired in June.

He flew in this morning and signed the two-year deal with Rocco Commisso’s club.

“Hello Fiorentina,” wrote Ribery on social media.

“A new chapter for me and my family is beginning. Blessed and happy to sign a new contract at a great club in a great city.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Fiorentina: Ribery to wear No 7

Franck Ribery will wear Fiorentina’s No 7 jersey this season after completing his free transfer.

Florence is currently gripped by Ribery fever following his arrival in the city on Wednesday.

He has since been handed the Viola’s 7 shirt, despite fellow new boy Erick Pulgar only being awarded the number earlier in the month.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
OFFICIAL: Fiorentina sign Ribery

Fiorentina have officially signed former Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery on a free transfer.

Ribery has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Fiorentina, reportedly worth €4m a season plus bonuses.

The Viola also confirmed in a statement that he would be unveiled on Thursday at 16:30 BST.

The 36-year-old began his career at hometown club Boulogne and later played for the likes of Galatasaray and Olympique Marseille.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Ribery: Toni convinced me

Franck Ribery has revealed that ‘Luca Toni told me Fiorentina were a great club’ after landing to complete his free transfer.

Ribery touched down in style, travelling in a private jet with wife Wahiba before being greeted by hundreds of Fiorentina fans, and the 36-year-old admits his former Bayern Munich teammate played a key role in his move.

“I’m happy, I’m here with my family,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio’s website.

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