Viola announce capture of Villarreals Rossi

04 January 2013 07:46

Fiorentina have announced the imminent signing of Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, the Serie A club said Friday.

No financial details of the deal have yet been officially released although reports suggest Fiorentina will pay 10 million euros for the player.

Rossi, who has played for Italy at every level but missed out on Euro 2012 due to an ongoing injury, was widely expected to return to Serie A after reports suggested both Fiorentina and Juventus were in the hunt.

A statement on Fiorentina's website said the clubs had "reached an agreement for the transfer of Rossi on a permanent deal, subject to the signing of the contract by the player."

It added that Rossi, who has not played for Villarreal since injuring his anterior cruciate ligament last year and is expected to only return in March, "will undergo a medical on Saturday in Rome."

Rossi, who was born in New Jersey in the United States, signed his first professional contract with Manchester United but spent most of his two-year spell there on loan, to Newcastle then to Parma.

He was sold to Villarreal in 2007 and went on to score 54 goals in 136 appearances for the Spanish side.

Fiorentina sit third in Italy's Serie A, nine points behind leaders and champions Juventus, after a strong finish to their 2012 campaign.

Rossi's arrival is likely to fuel speculation that Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic, a highly-rated striker who is reportedly on the radar of several clubs including Juventus, could soon be sold.

Source: AFP