Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Rossi Return to Manchester?

This year has been good to Giuseppe Rossi.

Giuseppe Rossi of Italy celebrates during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between USA and Italy at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 15, 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa.
He made world wide news in the Confederations Cup.

Sure - Italy was knocked out in group stages - but Rossi managed to score to important goals against the US, which were added to his goal against Northern Ireland back in June. The fact that he scored them against the country he was born in just made the media storm grow. Especially here in the states.

He scored 12 goals in La Liga and 3 in the Champions League this past season at Villarreal after being sold by SAF and Manchester United.

Oh - and he was also the leading goalscorer at the 2008 Olympics.

After all of the attention he's been getting this summer its obvious that the transfer rumors have started up, especially since Rossi is currently in talks with Villareal to extend his contract.

You have to remember that when United sold Rossi - after two straight seasons of loaning him to other clubs - they included a clause that allows them first shot at the striker should he decide to leave Villarreal.

After seeing the departures of CR7 and Carlos Tevez over the summer the time may be right for Rossi to return to Old Trafford and join the first squad.

So how much would it be worth for the New Jersey native to leave La Liga?

In March quoted his agent:

"[A bid of] €20 million was rejected last summer by Villarreal," his representative, Frederico Pastorello, told Gr Parlamento.
"He has a recession clause in his contract worth €40 million and therefore his value is closer to €40 million than €20."

But - in June his agent was quoted as saying in reference to Rossi moving back to Italy:

"Rossi is worth between €25-28 million for his age and for the things he has done so far," the agent told GR Parlamento."

On Thursday reported that Villareal might be demanding a €15 million transfer fee from United if they wanted to invoke their rumored "buy back clause."

Because of the deep bench at Old Trafford we know that Rossi never had the opportunity to shine. Now he has had time to mature and refine his skill and while he is still growing and learning how to make goal scoring opportunities - he certainly knows how to finish.

Rossi may not move at all. Often transfer rumors never materialize, but I think that he is a smart player and makes good choices about where to play his football.

I think its smart to answer the door when United comes calling.

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