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Fiorentina Women’s FC sign Scotland International Lana Clelland

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La Viola’s first foray into the Summer market is a hugely significant one

Scotland v Portugal - UEFA Women’s Euro 2017: Group D Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Whilst the men’s team’s attempts to bring Mario Pasalic and Marko Pjaca to Tuscany have stalled over the past few days, Fiorentina’s female sector have made their first move of the Summer window, signing attacker Lana Clelland from Tavagnacco.

Originally from Perth, Scotland, Clelland is a versatile attacker, capable of playing anywhere across a front three, or dropping deeper into midfield. Clelland first moved to Italy with Pink Sport Time Bari, before moving to two-time Coppa winners Tavagnacco in 2015. In her three years in Udine, the Scotland international matured into one of the best players in all of Italy, scoring 45 goals in 50 Serie A games, as well as finishing as the league’s top scorer in the 2016-2017 season.

Having been emphatically dispatched of by Wolfsburg in the Champions League, and left behind by both Brescia and Juventus domestically, changes were necessary in Florence if coach Sauro Fattori hoped to rebuilf Fiorentina’s reputation as the strongest team on the peninsula. Whilst only one signing, this acquisition is certainly a statement of intent by the club, and should leave fans of the team hopeful for the coming year.