Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Preparing to return from injury, Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi appears close to completing a transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina . The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Fiorentina is prepared to pay a €9.5 million ($12.45 million) transfer fee. Rossi's contract would reportedly be worth €2 million ($2.6 million) per season, plus bonuses. Rossi has been out for 14 months, since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He underwent surgery a day later, then tore the same ACL again and had another operation in April. He is expected to start playing again in March. The 25-year-old Rossi has been with Villarreal since 2007. The United States-born striker began his career with Manchester United.
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