Scouts of both Liverpool and Manchester City have been closely monitoring Fiorentina trio Juan Manuel Vargas, Alberto Gilardino and Alessio Cerci, according to various souces in Italy.
City are always in the transfer market for players to add to their ever improving squad and Liverpool are still one or two players short of reaching the level they need to be at, which is no surprise that they are still scouting players.
Liverpool have previously been linked with Vargas, who has also been a target for Arsenal and Real Madrid in the past. The 28 year-old Peruvian international, whop operates as either a left winger or a left-back, is known for his excellent left foot and his powerful shooting ability. Vargas is currently in his fourth season at Fiorentina, having joined from Catania for €12million in 2008.
Alberto Gilardino has become something of a forgotten man at Fiorentina in the last 12 months or so. The Italian striker hasn’t played for his country for a while due to his lack of form in the Seria A. The usually prolific 29 year-old only managed 12 goals last season and so far this campaign, has contributed 2 goals in 6 starts.
The 24 year-old winger Alessio Cerci has been one of the revelations of the season for Fiorentina and it comes as no surprise that there are teams around Europe looking at him.
The Italian came through the ranks at Roma and spent 6 years at the club, with three of those years spent out on loan, before being signed by Fiorentina in 2010 for €4 million. In just over a year with La Viola, Cerci has played more games than he did at 6 years with Roma, making 29 appearances and with an impressive return of 10 goals to show for it.
Fiorentina haven’t made the best of starts in Serie A this season and selling their top players will make it even more difficult for them to achieve a place in Europe next season, which is their aim. They would be reluctant to sell but Liverpool and particularly Manchester City, have the money to persuade Fiorentina to sell for a reasonable price.