Will Rossi be heading back to the Premier League?
With former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi looking for a new club, is there a Premier League club that may decide to take a punt on him?
Ex-Italy international Rossi started his senior career at Old Trafford, having joined the club’s youth ranks in 2004, but he only made five Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before being sold to Villarreal in July 2017.
The 32-year-old, who had also spent loan spells at Newcastle United and Parma during his time with Manchester United, scored 54 goals from 136 appearances during a six-year spell with the Yellow Submarine.
Although boasting an impressive goal record with the Spanish outfit, the American-born star’s time at the club was hampered by injuries and he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his right knee in the 3–0 loss against Real Madrid on October 26, 2011.
Rossi then re-injured his ACL in the same knee in training on April 13, 2012, which ruled him out for 10 months, and he was eventually sold to Fiorentina in January 2013 for a fee believed to be worth around €12million.
In January 2014, the forward, who was the leading scorer in Serie A at the time, suffered a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee before then injuring the medial meniscus in his right knee in August 2014.
Rossi was loaned to Celta Vigo in August 2016, but injuries continued to follow him around and in April 2017 he suffered the fifth serious injury of his career when he ruptured the ACL in his left knee in a game against SD Eibar.
The 30-time capped Italy international played for Genoa during the 2017/18 season, scoring one goal from nine games, before leaving after the conclusion of that campaign.
Having now fully recovered from five ACL injuries in the last eight years, Rossi is eager to keep playing despite reports suggesting he was going to retire due to the amount of knee issues he has had.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I’m training every day, it’s not easy to do it alone. I’m waiting for a call, I still have so much to give.”
Available on a free transfer, Premier League clubs would be able to sign the forward although he wouldn’t be able to play until January as the squad registration stage has been and gone.
So, which teams in the top flight may decide to offer a contract to Rossi?
Palace boss Roy Hodgson is desperate to add some more attacking reinforcements to his squad and with money tight at Selhurst Park, a free transfer would be music to the former England manager’s ears.
Currently, the Eagles only have Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Connor Wickham as out-and-out senior strikers and the trio have only scored two goals between them so far this season, with both of those coming for Ayew.
Rossi would add experience and a finishing touch to the Palace ranks, which would be crucial in what is expected to be another campaign battling against Premier League relegation.
The Magpies are another team expected to struggle this season and Steve Bruce may decide to delve into the free agent market to boost his attacking options for the second half of the campaign.
Joelinton arrived from Hoffeheim this summer for a club-record £40m while Andy Carroll returned to his boy hood club after his contract at West Ham United expired.
Dwight Gayle is also in the squad although he is being tipped to leave for West Brom in January, and his exit would leave Bruce short of options and that could potentially tempt him to move for Rossi.