Fiorentina could be the ones to watch in Serie A

Bayern Munich veteran Franck Ribery has been told he needs to score more goals for the club by new boss Niko Kovac

Fiorentina have been bold in the transfer market this summer and could be set for a successful season in Serie A.

Admittedly, breaking Juventus’ stranglehold on the Scudetto looks too big of an ask for the Tuscan club but European qualification – potentially even a Champions League spot – looks a realistic target.

Last season La Viola came in a disappointing 16th in Italy’s top flight due to a dramatic loss of form at the end of the campaign. Fiorentina failed to win any of their final 14 games, picking up just six points from a possible 42, and they finished just three points clear of relegated Empoli.

It should be a different story this season, however, and the capture of Franck Ribery, in particular, was a real statement of intent.

Ribery left Bayern Munich at the end of last season after 12 years with the Bavarian giants. The Frenchman took his time over deciding on his next move, indeed for a while it looked like he was even angling for a return to Munich or retiring, before opting for the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

At 36-years-old it remains to be seen what kind of impact Ribery will have at Fiorentina but his experience will prove invaluable around the dressing room. The forward managed nine Bundesliga titles and a Champions League win during his time at Bayern and believes Fiorentina have a chance of challenging the top order in Italy this season – as he believes a top-three finish is a realistic target for his new club.

The capture of Kevin-Prince Boateng went under the radar somewhat but he looks another shrewd addition to the La Viola ranks. Boateng joined from Sassuolo but did have a stint on loan at Barcelona last season and should be able to establish himself as a key man for Fiorentina in the season ahead.

Fiorentina managed to bring in two excellent defensive reinforcements in the captures of Uruguayan centre-half Martin Caceres, previously of Juve and Lazio, and defensive midfielder Erick Pulgar from Bologna.

Pulgar has already settled into the holding role in the Viola midfield and has two goals to date.

The Serie A outfit also snared somewhat of an unknown quantity in youngster Bobby Duncan from Liverpool. The teenager engineered a move away from Anfield with the help of his agent and may have to settle for a fringe role this season but could well be a star of the future for Fiorentina.

Fiorentina have had a tough start to the season with two defeats in two games and the pressure is already on boss Vincenzo Montella. However, those losses came against title hopefuls Napoli and at Genoa, which is never an easy place to visit, and when the new arrivals start to gel they may well climb the Serie A table and join the fight for the European spots, regardless of who is in charge.