RANIERI TRACKS ITALIAN
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It has been suggested in Florence that the West Londoners are keen to recruit a new centre back to replace Frank Leboeuf, after the Frenchman headed to Marseille this week.
However, it could be argued that William Gallas is a ready-made replacement for his compatriot and only any sale of John Terry, who interests Fulham, would initiate a move for a new stopper.
Ranieri has previously shown more interest in signing a full back or a winger, and managing director Colin Hutchinson firmly stated that Terry is not for sale.
Pierini does have the sort of qualities that would ensure success in The Premiership, and has indicated a desire to leave La Viola, despite playing 27 times in Serie A last season.
The 28-year-old made his name at Udinese and is under contract until 2003.
Roberto Baronio, the 23-year-old Lazio midfielder, could be on the way in to Fiorentina, possibly on loan.
As for Chelsea, Marcel Desailly has been confirmed as the club's new captain, while fellow defender Warren Cummings has completed his move to West Bromwich Albion on a year's loan.
The Scotland Under-21 international had a successful temporary stint at The Hawthorns last term.