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Fiorentina reduce wage bill for 2015-16

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Does this show financial prudence or lack of ambition from the owners?

Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina's highest earner for 2015-16
Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina's highest earner for 2015-16
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The Gazzetta Dello Sport have published their annual summary of Serie A salaries for the 2015-16 season. Whilst the league has seen a €30 million rise in overall salaries for the first time in three years, Fiorentina have reduced their overall wage bill by €10 million per year.

The reduction of the wage bill in Florence is no surprise when looking at the number of players who exited the club in the summer window, but nevertheless the debate will continue as to whether this cutback signifies astute business sense in safeguarding the club's financial future or a lack of ambition from the owners. Despite the curtailment however, the viola remain the 7th highest spending Serie A club in terms of wages  behind Juventus, AS Roma, AC Milan, Inter, Napoli and Lazio.

Fiorentina's highest earner is Giuseppe Rossi who will take home €2.4 million this coming season, with new addition Mario Suárez next on the list at €1.8 million and in third comes Khouma Babacar with his new contract, worth €1.5 million until its expiry in 2019. These top three salaries are in stark contrast to the league's top earner; Roma's Daniele De Rossi who earns more than Fiorentina's top three combined with an annual wage of €6.5 million.

With a clear need for more defensive cover, Sporting Director Daniele Pradè has hinted at bringing in some new additions in the January transfer window, which of course will increase the salary expenditure at the club. The full list of Fiorentina player salaries can be viewed here.