Fiorentina have reportedly decided to let winger Juan Manuel Vargas leave the club this summer.
The Serie A club has left Vargas out of their pre-season trip training camp in Moena and the player is currently training on his own in Florence, according Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, claims Talksoprt. The 28-year-old, who can operate at the attack or backline on the left, has been heavily linked to Liverpool after his agent revealed that the Merseyside club are interested in signing his client.
The news of Vargas' availability will interest Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who is understood to be keen to add to his squad as the new season kicks off this month. The report says that Fiorentina want a fee in the region of £3.9m to £4.7m for the Peru international, who joined the club from Catania in 2008.
Vargas made 24 league appearances for the Viola last season and made seven assists. The winger is known for his darting runs and accurate crosses and could provide Liverpool with a strong option on the flanks. Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt have left the club this summer and Stewart Downing has failed to impress after his debut season at Anfield.
Fiorentina agree fee for Valero
Meanwhile, Fiorentina have agreed a fee for Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero.
The former West Bromwich Albion player follows Nilmar, Diego Lopez, Marco Ruben and Jonathan De Guzman out of the Spanish outfit following their relegation from La Liga last season.
"ACF Fiorentina and Villarreal CF confirm to have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Borja Valeroto Fiorentina on a permanent deal, subject to the signature of the economic contract by the player himself," read a statement on the Fiorentina's web site.
Valero joined Villarreal from the Baggies on loan in 2010 and made the move permanent in 2011.
"I'm happy to go to a new challenge, a new experience, a new league... all those things that a player like him also, sad to leave this club, which has given me so much in so little time and I will be eternally grateful. I knew that had a contract with Villarreal and was the club that had to decide if I stayed or not. In the end, has come a very interesting offer for both parties and the two have decided to seize the opportunity," the Spanish club's web site quoted the 27-year-old as saying.