Alessandro Matri to join Fiorentina on loan

[one_fourth last=”no”]File:ACF Fiorentina 2.svg[/one_fourth]Fiorentina have confirmed the loan signing of striker Alessandro Matri from Serie A rivals AC Milan. The Italian international will see out the remainder of the season with the Viola. Fiorentina released an official club statement on their website a short while ago that read: “AC Fiorentina announce the club has completed a temporary deal for Alessandro Matri from AC Milan.”

Manager Vincenzo Montella has seen his star strikers Guiseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez fall to injury, leaving his squad seriously short of attacking options. Rossi, who is the Serie A leading scorer with 14 goals, suffered a knee injury just over a week ago, and could be set for a lengthy spell out.

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani recently announced his intentions to cut the playing staff at the San Siro and he told a press conference last Friday: “We have nine attackers, there are too many, it is possible that one of them can leave.”

Montella moved quickly over the weekend to secure the signature of the 29-year-old who has mostly been limited to substitute appearances at AC Milan this season and he has scored one goal for the i Rossoneri in 18 appearances in all competitions this season. He initially began his career at the San Siro back in 2002 but he would be loaned out 3 seasons in a row to Prato, Lumezzane and Rimini. He then secured a move to Cagliari in 2007, spending 3 and a half seasons with them before moving to Turin giants Juventus for €15.5m.

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He had a great record with Cagliari, scoring 45 goals in 125 league appearances and his record for i Bianconeri is just as good, scoring 27 goals in 69 league appearances. He is more than capable of putting the ball in the back of the net and is hoping a good spell with Fiorentina might push him into Italy’s World Cup squad.

Milan bought the player back to the San Siro at the start of this season for €11m but with an abundance of striking options, he has found his game time limited. Matri confirmed his excitement to the Italian media saying: “There are some minor details to eke out and then I will be available for the coach, I am hungry to play and to score a lot of goals.”

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