Saturday, 28 June 2008

[Mercato] Cigarini sparks bidding war

Juventus and Fiorentina are fighting on the transfer market for Parma's Azzurrini starlet Luca Cigarini, but there are hurdles for Anthony Reveillere.

The two clubs are notoriously bitter rivals and are set to race for the signature of Under-21 international Cigarini.

Following Parma's relegation to Serie B, the midfielder could well be available for a cut-price fee.

Napoli are also interested in Cigarini, but the latest reports have the Viola and Bianconeri leading the way.

He only turned 22 a week ago, but already has 70 Serie A appearances and four goals under his belt.

Part of the Parma youth system, he has spent his entire career at the Ennio Tardini except for a one-year loan spell at Serie C1 outfit Sambenedettese in 2004-05.

Fiorentina are eager to take Cigarini as a replacement for the departed Fabio Liverani, who has been released to Palermo.

The Tuscans are also looking for a new defender, but problems have arisen for Frenchman Reveillere.

"At the moment there are no developments," agent Fabrice Picot said of the Lyon star.

"I am fairly pessimistic, because when negotiations drag on like this they rarely reach anything solid at the end."

Source: C4 Football Italia

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