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Players at Fiorentina, Sampdoria test positive for COVID-19

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Three more Fiorentina players and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as the Serie A club returned to training this week.

Additionally, Sampdoria announced that three staff members and one player are positive for coronavirus. The player had previously tested positive and negative before the most recent positive test.

La Viola did not announce the names of the players, who were sent home for quarantine. Sky Sports reports that the rest of the team will be tested on Friday.

Wolves loanee Patrick Cutrone and two teammates tested positive in March, and the club announced Thursday that they are now clear and testing negative.

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“After the tests undertaken in the laboratory on Wednesday afternoon, ACF Fiorentina reports that three players and three members of the healthcare-technician staff have been identified as testing positive to COVID-19,” a club statement said on Thursday.

“The club has arranged, as per the protocol, for the involved people to continue their isolation. Preparatory medicals for the rest of the group are scheduled for Friday morning ahead of the beginning of the optional activities on the pitch.”

There are still 11 days left until Serie A clubs begin team training, and the Italian government is yet to give the green light for the season’s resumption.

Report: Manchester United target Chiesa’s rep agrees with Juve

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A report about Juventus’ progress toward signing Fiorentina hometown star Federico Chiesa gives hope to Manchester United.

Like all transfer tales of the coronavirus era, this will come down to the movement of the market and budgets during a time of uncertainty.

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A report out of Italy says Chiesa’s father has agreed to terms with Juventus, but that Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso wouldn’t want to move him to a fierce rival.

Fiorentina has seen several big stars move to Juve in its history, with Roberto Baggio and Federico Bernardeschi headlining the list. The Bernardeschi sale came less than three years ago.

That’s where Manchester United comes in, as the report says Commisso would prefer to entertain interest from the Red Devils or even Inter Milan over Juve.

According to The Manchester Evening News, Commisso is still hopeful of convincing Chiesa that his new Fiorentina vision is the right one to restore glory to La Viola.

Back to Chiesa: The price tag of at least $65 million is a lot for the 22-year-old right winger, who has six goals and five assists in 23 Serie A matches this year.

Chiesa has averaged six goals a league season for his career, and he has 17 caps for Italy with a goal.

How would he fit into United’s attack, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood valued highly and Daniel James a summer 2019 purchase?

The report should also come with skepticism of intent; We read a similar report about Juve and Chiesa agreeing terms last summer.

Fiorentina raising money for hospitals; Ribery gives $55K

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Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso says his club has “8-10 positive cases” and that he’s focused on helping Italy’s embattled medical community fight the coronavirus.

The Italian American, 70, bought the Serie A club in June. He also owns the American club New York Cosmos of the National Independent Soccer Association.

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Players Dusan Vlahovic, Patrick Cutrone, and German Pezzella previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Commisso is stuck in the United States, but has tried to raise funds to battle back home. He says the club has already brought in around $470,000 including about $55,000 from star Franck Ribery.


“We both feel so at home in Florence, as we were given such a warm welcome by the people here,” said Commisso of Ribery and himself. “The situation in America isn’t as serious as in Italy, but I’ve been closed in my home for the last five days with my wife and daughter. (Fiorentina director) Joe Barone and my son Giuseppe are holed up in their hotel.”

La Viola sits 13th in Serie A with 30 points, five points clear of the bottom three and nine back of the final European qualification spot.

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Wolves’ on-loan striker Patrick Cutrone tests positive for coronavirus

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Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, currently on loan at Fiorentina, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Patrick Cutrone, 22, left Wolves for Fiorentina in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan deal after arriving at the Premier League club last summer from AC Milan.

In a statement, Fiorentina confirmed the Italian international striker is one of four people tested positive for COVID-19.

Cutrone, German Pezzella and physio Stefano Dainelli all have coronavirus as Dusan Vlahovic had earlier tested positive for the virus.

“Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three [were] positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.”

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Serie A roundup: Atalanta comeback win ends 27-year Fiorentina drought (video)

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Atalanta’s spellbinding victory against Fiorentina highlights Sunday’s busy Serie A action.

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Fiorentina 1-2 Atalanta

Atalanta’s come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Fiorentina ends a 27-year drought for the club.

With second-half goals from Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskiy, Atalanta earned their first Serie A victory in Florence since 1993.

“These are three very important, key points. We haven’t won here for 27 years, and we were up against an in-form team,” said Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini following the match.

Gasperini’s side, who take on Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 later this month, are three points clear of fifth-place Roma. Atalanta host Roma next Saturday in league play.

“We have to exploit Roma’s difficulties and our home advantage in the next match,” Zapata said. “If we do well against the ‘Giallorossi’ it will set us up for the Champions League match against Valencia.”

Atalanta, who look to make it far in Europe’s grand tournament while trying to book a ticket for next year’s version, are unbeaten in their last three but trail third-place Lazio by eight points. Fiorentina, winless in three, are nine points safe of the drop zone.

Elsewhere in Serie A 

Roma 2-3 Bologna

Torino 1-3 Sampdoria

Hellas Verona 2-1 Juventus