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Transfer rumors: Fiorentina and Genoa in talks about Andrea Bertolacci

Fiorentina want Genoa midfielder as the new playmaker

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Genoa midfielder Andrea Bertolacci is on Fiorentina shopping list for January transfer window. After Milan Badelj failed to establish himself in the first team, or at least as a legitimate back up for David Pizarro, the viola seem to have decided to try and sign new Italian international, according to Italian journalist that specializes in transfer market rumors Alfredo Pedulla.

Fiorentina supposedly offered Facundo Roncaglia, currently on loan at Genoa, for the grifone's 50% of Bertolacci. The other half is owned by AS Roma. It's unlikely that Genoa will go for straight player exchange -- they reportedly want additional four million euros for their star player. The transfer is long way from being done, but the two teams will continue negotiations.

Bertolacci, who celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday, featured in seventeen games so far this season. He scored one goal so far, and has four assists.

Seeing as how Badelj seemed more like Mario Bolatti's slower brother than a legitimate heir to David Pizarro (himself looking less and less like a regista for an ambitious Serie A team, and how this is the key role for Fiorentina's playing style, Bertolacci's signing would be more than welcome.