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Federico Chiesa could turn out to be the next Lazar Markovic for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp must be shrewd ahead of an important window for the Reds.

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Reports this week in the Daily Express and Corriere dello Sport have linked 20-year-old Fiorentina attacker Federico Chiesa with a move to Liverpool, with the Italian in the midst of a superb season in Serie A.

However, the signing of such a young winger in a position where Liverpool already have an abundance of choices would be misguided, as Chiesa would see little first-team action.

The young winger has scored six goals for Fiorentina in his second full season with the Viola. He has also caught the eye of the Italian national team, making his international debut against Argentina in March.

Despite his impressive form, Chiesa would face a massive struggle for appearances in this current star-studded Liverpool attack.

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With the Reds boasting the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, and Dominic Solanke in attacking positions, it is unclear where Chiesa would fit in.

The cautionary tale of Lazar Markovic’s Liverpool career should dissuade the Merseyside club from purchasing the Fiorentina youngster.

Markovic was acquired in similar circumstances back in July 2014, when Liverpool bought the promising winger for 20 million pounds when he was the same age as Chiesa.

Yet the Serbian scored just two league goals in 19 appearances in his debut year and was swiftly loaned out to Fenerbahce the following season.

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Three more loan spells for Markovic have followed, at Sporting Lisbon, Hull City, and Anderlecht, where the attacker has failed to make a lasting impression due to injury and lack of form.

If Federico Chiesa makes the switch to Anfield this summer, he could face an unwanted career trajectory similar to Markovic.

Liverpool simply do not need the young Italian, and to sign him from his boyhood club would derail his precious development at a crucial juncture in his career.

Max is an 18-year-old football journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football, is an avid follower of Fulham, and co-hosts a weekly Fulham podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Fiorentina: Match Preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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The Europa League is back for the start of it’s Round of 32 ties this Thursday, and this is one of the mouth-watering ties coming from Europe, as two-time winners of the old UEFA Cup Borussia Monchengladbach of the Bundesliga, take on Fiorentina of Serie A, whose only European title was the Old Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1961.

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‘Gladbach dropped into the competition after finishing third in their Champion League group behind Barcelona and Manchester City, whilst Fiorentina progressed from the Europa League group stages after topping Group J ahead of Greek club PAOK Salonika, Azeri outfit Qarabag, and Czech side Slovan Liberec. The Italians won four, drew once and lost once on the way to progression.

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Recent form

German club ‘Gladbach are enjoying an unbeaten run of five matches in all competitions in 2017, winning each of their last four and currently lying 10th in the Bundesliga table, and so will go into their home leg with Fiorentina in encouraging form. They did, however, fail to win any of their three home fixtures in the Champions League group phase on the way to finishing third and dropping into the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina have been shaky on the road in recent months, with just two wins in their last six away games in all competitions, losing the other four. Their away form in Europe has faired slightly better, however, with two victories and a draw coming in their three away matches in the Europa League group phase. Their one loss on the way to topping the group was a 2-3 reverse at home to PAOK.

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Predicted line-ups

‘Gladbach are expected to stick to the 4-4-2 formation implemented by Dieter Hecking that has seen them start 2017 unbeaten. With forward Raffael doubtful for the first-leg, Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn are in line to replace him, with the former the likelier to get the not to start alongside Thorgan Hazard (brother of Chelsea‘s Eden), in attack. On-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is set to start at the heart of the defence.

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Paulo Sousa is expected to deploy his side in a defensive 3-4-2-1 formation, with Khouma Babacar likely to get the nod to start as the lone forward ahead of Nikola Kalinic, having been widely used throughout their Europa League games this season. January signing Riccardo Saponara is expected to be handed his European debut in attacking midfield alongside Federico Bernadeschi. On-loan Aston Villa man Carlos Sánchez is expected to start in the midfield four despite being one booking away from suspension.

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Injuries/suspensions

Raffael remains a doubt for ‘Gladbach after having sat out their last two games, with Jonas Hofmann also rated doubtful for the clash with La Viola. Indeed, the Germans have had several injury problems to contend with coming into this one, with Kolo, Ibrahima Traore, Marvin Schulz and Mamadou Doucoure all on the treatment table. Mahmoud Dahoud is expected to start, but is one booking away from suspension and will miss the away leg at Stadio Artemio Franchi if he is carded here.

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Fiorentina’s only expected absentee is Federico Chiesa, who sits out the first-leg trip to Germany after carrying over a suspension from the group stages. Meanwhile, Carlos Sánchez is one booking away from suspension and although expected to feature, a booking at Borussia Park would see him out of the return leg in Florence.

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Our prediction

‘Gladbach’s recent upturn in form under Dieter Hecking is cause for encouragement, and they will be striving to pick up their first win at home in a European proper competition this season. With Fiorentina’s rocky away form in mind, there are always goals in their games, with over 2.5 goals going in during each of La Viola’s last five in the competition, the Italians netting at least two in all of those games.

Their most difficult away assignment in the group stages saw them pick up a point at PAOK, but we expected Fiorentina’s struggles to continue against an in-form side who should finally get off the mark at home in Europe this season. Our call is Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Fiorentina.

 

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Fiorentina to bid for PSG`s Young Italian star Marco Verratti

Fiorentina have been linked to Paris Saint-Germain`s Marco Verratti. Stefano Merco investigates.

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Italian side Fiorentina have recently been linked to Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti.

The 20-year-old midfielder joined Les Rouge-et-Bleu last summer on a five-year contract from Italian side Pescara.

According to mercato365, Verratti`s agent will now meet with Fiorentina as they are very serious about acquiring the Italian born midfielder following the departure of Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic and Serbian Adem Ljajic.

The two are still far apart from an agreement but have an estimate of € 20-25 million 0r talks about a loan offer sheet of € 3 million.

Verratti played in 27 league games for Les Rouge-et-Bleu and a move back to Italy will provide him with a  better chance of inclusion in Cesare Prandelli’s 2014 World Cup Squad.

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Stevan Jovetic: Is he the suitable player to replace Carlos Tevez?

Nachiketh Ramesh looks at Stevan Jovetic’s most likely destination this summer. Will he complete a move to Manchester City?

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Fiorentina have secured the services of the 28 year old German Mario Gomez. Tevez has settled down in Turin ( Juventus ). Higuain’s future is hanging between Arsenal and Real Madrid. Pellegrini wants Edin Dzeko to stay at Manchester City.

Stevan Jovetic, the striker from Montenegro striker who plays for Fiorentina, is looking for a move from Florence. He is currently valued around 26M Euros.

Chelsea and Manchester City look like the major contenders to sign this prolific player.

Manchester City sold Balotelli to Milan and Tevez to Juventus so now only have Aguero and Dzeko as their first choice strikers.

Jovetic would be a good addition at the Etihad. Manchester City are also negotiating a price for Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla , who played in Euro 2012 in the absence of injured David Villa.

Manchester City could sign both of them and according to a report, Pellegrini is ready to spend 42M Euros on Jovetic and Negredo.

Chelsea have El Nino and Ba as their first choice strikers but the board are not happy with their recent goal scoring form.

The London club have a good squad with a number of star individuals (Cech, Terry, Cole, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Eden Hazard, Mata, Schurrle and Oscar.)

But it is not enough for a team to just have a strong and creative mid field to score more goals and win games. In the EPL a team can only contend for the first spot if it has a in-form striker in its ranks.

Chelsea have already failed to sign Falcao and Mario Gomez and Edinson Cavani is set to join French champions PSG.

Mourinho has options in unsettled striker Manchester United, Wayne Rooney and also Liverpool’s  Luis Suarez. However he is also ready to offer around 25M for Jovetic.

Arsenal were in pole position to sign the striker at the start of the window, however their bid was rejected. If Higuain stays at Madrid, then Arsenal might increase their bid for Jovetic.

Jovetic usually plays as a second striker. He can also play along the left flank as a winger. He played a crucial part in Fiorentina’s successful season as they finished fourth in Serie A and secured a spot in the Europa League.

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