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The Biancocelesti aim to use some of the £37m from Alessandro Nesta’s sale to bring in Enrico Chiesa.

The Fiorentina hitman would reunite with his former Coach Roberto Mancini at the Stadio Olimpico.

The two were also once teammates at Sampdoria in 1995-96, when Mancini helped Chiesa to a personal best of 22 goals in 27 appearances.

Even before Mancini’s appointment, Chiesa had been in advanced talks for a move in the final week of September’s transfer campaign.

The veteran striker opted to stay with the troubled Viola for the rest of the season, but only days later a devastating knee injury ruled him out for ten months.

The 31-year-old hitman would be a solid replacement for Hernan Crespo and Claudio Lopez, both of whom are packing their bags.

Chiesa and the two clubs are allegedly content with the £7.5m deal, but the only sticking point remains his wages.

Lazio are only offering £1.5m per season, a £500,000 pay cut from his current contract with Fiorentina.
 

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Lazio agree terms for Chiesa Thursday 13 June, 2002

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New Fiorentina boss Eugenio Fascetti has confirmed that star striker Enrico Chiesa will play for Lazio next season.

The Italian international has long been linked with a move to the capital club to join up with his former teammate and boss Roberto Mancini.

"The stories that appeared today that Chiesa has been sold to Lazio are true," said the former Bari tactician.

"Unfortunately Fiorentina needs to raise cash at this moment in time to make sure we can sign up for the new Serie B campaign.

"Tactical decisions are of a secondary nature for the time being. Sorting out our financial problems and balancing the books are our immediate priority."

Chiesa will join the Olimpico side on loan initially which will net the Viola just over £1m. Then the Biancocelesti can complete the signing next summer by paying a further £4m.

The former Parma striker nearly signed for the Rome side last September but decided to remain at the Artemio Franchi.

However, disaster struck as the day after he decided to stay in Florence, he ruptured knee ligaments against Venezia which saw him miss the rest of the Serie A campaign.

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So his price is basically £5 million if Lazio decides to buy him after this season? Cheap price even if you consider his age and value to Fiorentina. :depress:

With the massive debt we have Chiesa's sale won't help much. Nuno, Adani, Vanoli, Di Livio, Equi, Amaral, Torricelli , Amoroso and Mijatovic are next to leave.
 

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Chiesa move could collapse Saturday 15 June, 2002

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Enrico Chiesa’s agent has warned the move to Lazio is not complete as Milan are ready to intercept.


This week Fiorentina confirmed that they had agreed terms to loan the striker to Lazio for £1.5m with a further £5m coming in at the end of the season for the permanent buy.


That decision to buy the player outright is not an option, but a mandatory clause in the contract at the end of the loan period.

“I have not discussed this in detail with the Biancocelesti,” revealed his agent Rispoli on ‘Radioblu’. “Enrico is not 18 years old and I wouldn’t call the loan of such an important player to be the best choice.”


Fiorentina are in dire financial straits and must find cash quickly in order to register for the new Serie B Championship.


“The club will certainly not boost their bank balance with this deal,” continued Chiesa’s representative, “so it isn’t the best solution for them either.”


“Other teams, and in particular Milan, want Enrico and in the next few days we will decide what is to be done.”


Another sticking point regards Chiesa’s wages as Lazio would expect him to take a pay-cut upon arrival at the club Coached by his former Sampdoria teammate Roberto Mancini.


The 30-year-old has not yet resumed full training after suffering a devastating knee injury in September 2001.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are under administration and risk being relegated to Serie D if they are unable to balance the books before the June 25 deadline.


All clubs must prove their finances are in relatively sound order before they will be admitted into the Serie B Championship.


“I don’t see anything that increases our optimism,” warned court-appointed administrator Enrico Fazzini. “I really wouldn’t say we have a great chance of registering for the new season.”


“I maintain that without an intervention to increase the club’s capital, Fiorentina’s position could become very delicate indeed.”


A meeting will be held with patron Vittorio Cecchi Gori next week, but the administrator did not seem optimistic on the outcome.


“I wouldn’t want the fans to get their hopes up.”



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Chiesa’s Lazio move on hold Tuesday 18 June, 2002

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Enrico Chiesa’s proposed move to Lazio could be on the verge of collapsing after the striker refused to move on loan.

The Italian international wants a permanent move to the Biancocelesti, but capital director Nello Governato has publicly stated that his club are only interested in a loan deal.

Talks have taken place at Fiorentina between Vincenzo Rispoli – Chiesa’s agent – Viola sporting director Giuseppe Pavone and Fiorentina advisor Giovanni Galli, but an agreement has yet to be reached.

"We discussed a number of things," said Rispoli. "They told me what Fiorentina wanted and needed, while I alerted them to Chiesa’s wishes. Hopefully we can reach an agreement."

It was believed that a deal had already been reached after new Fiorentina boss Eugenio Fascetti confirmed that Chiesa would play for Lazio.

"The stories that Chiesa has been sold to Lazio are true," said the former Bari tactician. "Unfortunately Fiorentina needs to raise cash at this moment in time to make sure we can sign up for the new Serie B campaign.

"Tactical decisions are of a secondary nature for the time being. Sorting out our financial problems and balancing the books are our immediate priority."

Chiesa was set to sign on loan initially which will net the Viola just over £1m. Then the Biancocelesti could complete the signing next summer by paying a further £4m.

The former Parma striker nearly signed for the Rome side last September but decided to remain at the Artemio Franchi.

However, disaster struck as the day after he decided to stay in Florence, he ruptured knee ligaments against Venezia which saw him miss the rest of the Serie A campaign.

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