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Monday January 6 2020
Line-ups: Bologna v Fiorentina

Beppe Iachini makes his debut on the Fiorentina bench and has Federico Chiesa back partnering Dusan Vlahovic against Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna.

It kicks off at 11.30 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens from all today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Viola sacked Vincenzo Montella on December 21 after losing eight out of 17 rounds, culminating in a 4-1 home thrashing at the hands of Roma.

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Monday January 6 2020
Cutrone 'yes to Fiorentina'

Patrick Cutrone has reportedly made himself available to Fiorentina, looking to leave Wolverhampton after only six months.

The Viola has been linked with the former Milan forward and Alfredo Pedulla reports that the 22-year-old has given his word to the club from Florence.

Cutrone has only started three Premier League matches and scored twice in 12 appearances in the English league.

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Monday January 6 2020
De Leo: 'Further options would be useful'

Emilio De Leo has admitted it would be “useful to have more alternatives” at Bologna when he prepares for “an aggressive” match against Fiorentina.

The Rossoblu are currently 11th in Serie A and Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men are seven points behind sixth-placed Cagliari when they return from the winter break.

De Leo admitted they could do with some new players at the Renato Dall’Ara.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Semplici: 'SPAL made situation worse'

SPAL coach Leonardo Semplici didn’t look to the red card as an alibi for their 2-0 defeat to Hellas Verona. “We created an even more complicated situation.”

The Spallini were down to 10 men for almost an hour, conceding goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and Mariusz Stepinski either side of half-time.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Iachini: 'No magic wand'

Fiorentina coach Beppe Iachini has claimed Federico Chiesa will “soon” be back to his best but pointed out he doesn’t have a “magic wand”.

The new coach said he was pleased with the Italy international and revealed Chiesa had shown him “how much he cares” during his first weeks as the Viola coach.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Cutrone close to Fiorentina

Patrick Cutrone is edging ever closer to a Fiorentina move after he was left out of Wolverhampton Wanderers’s FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

Cutrone has been linked with an early exit from Wolves, having struggled for playing time with the Premier League side since his €20m transfer from Milan last summer.

The 22-year-old was left out of the squad to face United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, and Nuno seemed to suggest a switch was on the cards afterwards.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Serie A attendances on the up

The average Serie A attendance has risen by more than 6 percent at the midway point of the season, compared to the end of the previous campaign.

The Italian Football Observatory reports the average attendance for the first 17 rounds of the 2019-20 season in Serie A was 27,108 spectators.

This is an increase of 6.4% in relation to the figures released at the end of 18-19, which yielded an average attendance of 25,481 fans.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Report: Besiktas make Zaza bid

Turkish side Besiktas have seen a bid for Torino striker Simone Zaza rejected, claims Tuttosport.

Zaza has been at Torino since the summer of 2018, when he arrived on loan with obligation to buy from Valencia.

However, the former Juventus man has fallen down the pecking order under Walter Mazzarri.

Now, Tuttosport reports Besiktas - known to be in the market for a new No 9 - have tabled an offer of €10m for Zaza.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Chiesa: 'Italy Euro 2020 contenders'

Federico Chiesa sees France and Portugal as the main rivals for Italy at Euro 2020 and described the importance of tactics for new Fiorentina coach Beppe Iachini.

The Azzurri qualified with a 100 per cent record of 10 wins out of 10 and will face Turkey, Switzerland and Wales in the group stage of the tournament proper.

“I feel we are a very strong side, plus the coach Roberto Mancini taught us a lot in the last few years. He showed us how to play, keeping a lot of possession, a lot of intensity,” Chiesa told the official Fiorentina site.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Chiesa: 'Want best for Fiorentina'

Federico Chiesa broke his silence after skipping a vacation to train and discuss his contract. “We all want what is best for Fiorentina.”

The reports continue to swirl around his future, suggesting moves to Inter, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Manchester United.

Despite only recently turning 22, the son of Enrico Chiesa already has 114 Serie A games under his belt, with 17 goals and 18 assists.

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