Real Madrid outcast Mahamadou Diarra could be set for a move to Serie A in January, with Fiorentina joining long-time suitors Juventus in the hunt for the Malian midfielder.
Diarra has barely featured for los Blancos under new coach Jose Mourinho, and it was thought that he would be moved on during the summer, but no concrete offer was forthcoming.
Italian website Tuttomercato reports that Fiorentina, who have suffered a dreadful start to the new season, collecting just one point from their opening three matches, are interested in strengthening in the centre of the pitch, and have identified Diarra as the enforcer they desire.
Juventus are thought to have maintained their interest, but their bid is dependent on their ability to offload Mohammed Sissoko to Wolfsburg in order to fund the transfer in January, or be able to offer attractive terms when Diarra’s contract expires in June 2011.
Injuries to key first team players means that Mourinho has been forced to include the 29-year-old in his squad to face Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening, but again he is unlikely to feature.
Diarra joined Madrid in the summer of 2006, and after enjoying two successful seasons, injury hampered his continued presence in the side.