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Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu could leave the Serie A club in January, according to the player's agent.

Mutu is one of La Viola's key players and scored 13 goals in 19 games last season as he and Alberto Gilardino formed one of Serie A's most formidable partnerships.

However, reports suggest several clubs are considering making an offer for the 30-year-old in the January transfer window and agent Giovanni Becali admitted his client could be tempted.

"Mutu is happy in Florence, where he has a good contract,'' Becali told Radio Fiesole. "But if an interesting offer arrives in January, for both the player and the club, we will evaluate it together.

"However, now what's important is that he concludes happily the story with the fine and that he plays at the top level.''

Mutu, who has also played for Juventus, has had a troubled past few months as he battles against the 17million euro fine he has been ordered to pay Chelsea.

There is a glimmer of hope for the Romania international after the fine was temporarily suspended by the Swiss Federal Court.

Although delighted at the news, Becali remains cautious.

"Adrian took the news well,'' he added. "But we are only talking about a suspension - not a decision. "We will see what happens at the end of November, but we are happy for the moment because we weren't expecting it.''

Mutu, who cost the Blues £15million in 2003, was sacked a year later after he tested positive for cocaine, and was given a seven-month worldwide football ban.

After being axed by Chelsea and serving his ban, the Romanian joined Juventus in January 2005 before moving to Fiorentina at the end of the following season.

In May last year, Mutu was ordered to pay damages of 17,173,990 euros (£15.8million) to Chelsea by FIFA's dispute resolution chamber, but the player lodged an appeal against the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The CAS dismissed Mutu's appeal in July and shortly after he took matters to the Swiss Federal Court.


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