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Fiorentina are lining Alessio Cragno up for a possible January transfer to replace Bartlomiej Dragowski, who Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe reportedly loves, per Calciomercato.

I Viola are facing a crunch period over the futures of several stars, with Dragowski among a group of players whose contracts will currently end in 2023 and are not close to renewing.

Dragowski’s future at the Artemio Franchi Stadium is particularly cloudy due to his current terms and the clubs interested. Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid explored deals for the 24-year-old goalkeeper during the last transfer window, and were not alone.

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Dragowski is open to staying at Fiorentina, but the Poland international wants his status to be reflected in his contract. He currently earns just €800k-a-year (£13k-a/w), but wants his wage to increase to at least €2m-a-year (£32k-a/w).

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The shot-stopper feels he deserves a three-fold rise as I Viola handed his teammate, Nikola Milenkovic, the same increase. So, Fiorentina are now assessing potential replacements.

The Serie A side view Cagliari ace Cragno as a viable option should they need to move in January. But Fiorentina’s priority is still currently to agree a new contract with Dragowski.

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Newcastle boss Howe could hinder Fiorentina efforts to keep Dragowski

Newcastle boss Howe could yet hinder Fiorentina’s efforts to keep Dragowski by agreeing a new contract, however.

That’s because TuttoMercatoWEB report the new Toon manager has long admired the 6 ft 3 shot-stopper’s ability. He even explored a move for him while in charge at Bournemouth.

Additionally, they note Fiorentina are only willing to offer Dragowski a €1.2m-a-year (£19k-a/w) contract. And if they fail to agree on terms, I Viola will look to sell him next summer.

Howe could revive his interest in a transfer for Dragowski now he is in charge at Newcastle, as Fiorentina also struggle to agree a new contract with him.

The Toon are seemingly on the hunt for a new shot-stopper following last month’s £305m takeover. Eurosport cite Manchester United’s Dean Henderson as a January loan option. While The Sun also claim the Magpies could target Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha this winter.