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  27/05/2011: Floccari to Fiorentina, Parma or Atalanta?
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What a difference a year makes. Having almost single-handedly firing Lazio to safety in the 2009-10 season and becoming one of the first names on Edy Reja's teamsheet, rumours are gathering pace that Floccari may be forced to leave Rome in the summer. He was certainly the prime striker at the start of the season just past but a turn in fortunes for Zarate, the emergence of Kozak as a serious threat in the box and the rejuvenation of captain Rocchi has seen Sergio slip down the pecking order. In the eyes of many, he has failed to justify his nine million euro transfer from Genoa, despite scoring 16 goals in 42 Serie A appearances for Lazio over the last 18 months. The faith in Floccari is fading.

There have been suggestions in recent days that Floccari may be inserted into any deal for Gilardino of Fiorentina. The Viola want to start over again, perhaps recognising that Champion's League football is all the more unlikely now Serie A will be limited to three places in the future and thus they may choose to start over again with Sergio. While a Gilardino exit seems likely, Floccari may be a bit too experienced to head in the other direction. Parma, who were beaten to Sergio's signature by Lazio in January 2010 may renew their interest in the Calabrian forward. There is also a slim possibility that Atalanta will enter their names into the hat having secured automatic promotion back to Serie A. The sticking point for any sale may be the asking price; Lotito will look to recuperate as much of the transfer fee as he can and the calibre of teams in the hunt for Floccari will not be in a position to offer it. Therefore, player exchanges become a distinct possibility. LaLazioSiamoNoi have mentioned Blerim Dzemaili as a candidate in any exchange. 

At present, there are no concrete rumours if there is such a thing but the speculation is mounting. Watch this space...

(Cathal Mullan)
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