Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Preparing to return from injury, Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi has completed a transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina . The Tuscan club announced the move Friday and Rossi signed a four-year deal worth slightly more than €2 million ($2.6 million) per season, plus bonuses. Fiorentina reportedly paid a €9.5 million ($12.45 million) transfer fee to Villarreal. 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 had been with Villarreal since 2007. The United States-born striker began his career with Manchester United . Fiorentina has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half of the Serie A season and is tied for third with Inter Milan , nine points behind leader Juventus . Rossi will join two other former Villa...
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