Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has confirmed the club are in talks with Sinisa Mihajlovic over their vacant manager's post. Mihajlovic, who led Catania to Serie A survival, is considered the number one candidate to replace Cesare Prandelli.

Prandelli had a further year on his contract with Fiorentina but has agreed with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to replace Marcello Lippi as national team coach this summer. "Mihajlovic? We are focusing on him," said Corvino. "We are waiting to end the contract with Prandelli. We will announce our new coach soon."

Corvino also voiced his anger at the manner in which his club found out about Prandelli's appointment. "We allowed Prandelli to hold talks with the FIGC and we knew that both sides would meet after the return from (our tour in) Canada. But what we didn't like was that we heard that an official agreement had been reached from the media. No-one announced it to us," Corvino said.

Reports in the Italian media claimed Prandelli's departure could also see Fiorentina's top stars, including Italy international Alberto Gilardino, leave the club this summer. But Corvino vehemently denied those rumours.

"We want to maintain this group," he said. "That doesn't mean that we will not do everything possible to reinforce it. The club does not want to sell our top stars. However, if one of them wants to leave, we will re-invest that money on the market. Fiorentina will be competitive."