Reports in Italy have it that long-term injury absentee Giuseppe Rossi is just ‘a step away’ from agreeing a move to Fiorentina.
The Italian international has not kicked a ball since suffering a second successive knee ligament injury last April.
Still recovering with now-relegated Villarreal, speculation is beginning to return of the 25-year-old’s future. Before his injury a host of Serie A sides were linked with a big-money move.
A number of publications in the peninsula, including La Gazzetta dello Sport, believe that the striker is very close to completing a switch to Fiorentina and that it could be concluded over the weekend.
Both the Gazzetta and Corriere dello Sport are running the line that Rossi, who is still not yet fully fit, will travel to Italy in the coming days to complete terms on an initial €11m transfer, with a further €5m due to Villarreal in the coming months based on variable clauses.
American born Rossi developed as a youth at Parma, before returning there as a professional a few years later after spells with Manchester United and Newcastle United in the Premier League. Since his 2007 switch to Spain, the striker has netted 54 goals for Villarreal.