Reported Liverpool transfer target Giuseppe Rossi is “99 percent” certain to leave Fiorentina during the January transfer window, his agent has told an Italian radio station.
Former Manchester United striker Rossi has found opportunities difficult to come by since returning from a knee injury, which saw him miss the whole of the 2014-15 season.
The striker, who left Old Trafford for Villarreal in 2007 for a fee of £6.6million, has been linked with an unlikely move to Liverpool of late, with a fee of £18million being bandied about for the Italy international.
Fiorentina are second in the Serie A table this season, just one point behind leaders Inter Milan, but his client’s lack of first-team action has led Federico Pastorello to suggest a transfer during the upcoming window is almost certain.
“The club has realised it cannot keep hold of the lad because he wants to play,” Pastorello told Radio Marte.
“He will 99 percent leave Fiorentina in January.”
Sampdoria and Bologna have also been considered as possible destinations for Rossi.
While Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has said his club would be happy to take Rossi for a spell providing coach Vincenzo Montella agrees, Bologna sporting director Pantaleo Corvino ruled the Rossoblu out of the race.
“Roberto Donadoni plays 4-3-3 and Rossi wouldn’t have much space in that system, because we already have Mattia Destro,” Corvino told Lady Radio.
“The quality of the player is not up for debate, but he is not part of our plans.”