Giuseppe Rossi Reportedly Completes Transfer to Fiorentina

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18:  Guiseppe Rossi of Villareal looks dejected after team mate Carlos Marchena scored an own goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City and Villareal CF at the Etihad Stadium on October 18, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi has reportedly been transferred to Serie A side Fiorentina.

The 25-year-old Rossi has been a member of Spanish side Villarreal since 2007. Injuries have kept him off the pitch since October 2011.

FOX Soccer was one of the outlets that broke the news, tweeting this:

DONE DEAL! Giuseppe Rossi completes transfer move to Fiorentina from Villarreal. on-msn.com/XsqLhK

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 4, 2013

According to the Associated Press, Fiorentina paid Villarreal €9.5 million for the transfer, and Rossi's contract will be worth a little over €2 million a year.

He spent part of his early career with Manchester United before being sold to Villarreal.

Almost immediately Rossi made himself invaluable to the Yellow Submarine. Prior to the 2011/12 season, he had scored double digits in goals, peaking in 2010/11 when he found the net 18 times in 35 Serie A games.

It was after that season that Rossi got himself on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Then the injury came along and blunted much of the momentum he built up in previous seasons.

Upon getting close to full health, it was only a matter of time before Rossi made a move out of the El Madrigal. Villarreal was relegated to the Segunda Division last season.

Fiorentina will be looking to form a nice partnership between Rossi and Stevan Jovetic, who leads the club with eight league goals.

The striker could also provide the necessary push the Viola need to hold on to the third spot in the Serie A table, thus qualifying for the Champions League.