Liverpool have been given the green light to make a move for Giuseppe Rossi, with Fiorentina’s executive vice-chairman, Mario Cognigni, having revealed that the club are willing to let him leave on loan.
The Italy international – who spent some of his early career with Manchester United – has emerged as a shock target for the Reds of late, amid suggestions that Jurgen Klopp is desperate to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks.
Liverpool are currently the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top nine, with a meagre 22 goals in 20 games – the same return at 19th-placed Sunderland.
And Klopp could remedy this blunt edge with a short-term move for Rossi, who is eager to play regular football in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of EURO 2016.
However, Cognigni has revealed that a loan deal for the rest of the season is the only viable way for the 28-year-old to leave:
“He has to understand at this time, if he wants to play elsewhere, we would like to think he will return,” he told Corriere Fiorentino (via Gazzetta World). “And in the future he could be of even greater value for Fiorentina.”
Rossi’s career has been decimated by injury problems, although when fit he’s a proven penalty box predator.
During the 2010/11 season at Villarreal in Spain his netted 18 goals in a single La Liga season, and in 2013/14 in the purple of Fiorentina he managed 16 in Serie A.
He is, however, yet to find the net this term in nine league outings.