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The Viola want to hold on to their Italy midfielder until the end of the season but if their hand is forced in January, they would prefer him to move to Turin

Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle has intimated that he would rather see Riccardo Montolivo join Juventus than AC Milan.

The Italy international is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move in the January transfer window.

Della Valle wants the player to stay in Florence until the summer but admitted that the Viola might have to sell during the winter break but not to a club that “is not behaving properly, trying to take him on a free transfer.”

The intimation is that Milan are attempting to do just that, with Della Valle saying he is open to negotiating a deal with the Bianconeri.

“Juve? Yes, with Juve it [the transfer] could be done," he told Tuttosport.

Fiorentina have held a decent working relationship with Juventus in the past, having previously sold Adrian Mutu and Felipe Melo to their Turin rivals.