Rossi exit likely

The Italy forward is recovering from a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until 2013 but a deal is still expected to be done for the player given Villarreal’s relegation last season.

Prior to that, Rossi had criticised his agent for linking him with a move away from the Spanish club but Federico Pastorello believes the situation has changed now Villarreal are no longer in La Liga.

“The change of direction was a natural reaction to Villarreal’s relegation,” Pastorello told Sky Sport 24.

“The interest in Giuseppe is equal to that of the other players, even if there is the handicap of his injury that will keep him out of the rest of 2012.

“If he were fit, he would probably have already been sold. I’m not worried about this situation because I know that the market for Giuseppe will probably begin in the final stage of the summer.

“Rossi is currently engaged in rehabilitation, whilst there is always the support from the Roig family (Villarreal’s owners) and we are relaxed because they have budgeted this year for Giuseppe’s contract.

“But, I’m also aware that if an intelligent offer arrives then Rossi’s desire will be taken into account.

Possible destinations

“Technically, any team in Italy could sign him. Milan for their squad, Inter for the rejuvenation and issue relating to Giampaolo Pazzini’s position and Juventus for their search for a top striker.

“The identikit of Giuseppe Rossi is suitable for all three of the big teams, not to mention Roma, Napoli and Lazio, but I think they are complete.

“Has there been contact with Milan? I do not know, but maybe with Milan having bought Cristian Zapata there might have been a discussion between the clubs.

“We can classify it as a hypothesis. If Milan were interested then there would be no doubt that it would please Rossi. The availability to Milan of the boy would be total.

“I think there will be some movement for Rossi, and not only from Italian clubs, having also seen him play for Manchester United and explode at Villarreal. But he would be perfectly happy to play in Serie A.

“I feel that his transfer could be sorted late in the summer market and then by the end of January he should be available and could make the second half of the season.”

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