Fiorentina has released a brief statement advising that Antonio Rosati has been sold to AC Perugia for an undisclosed fee, probably in the range of €300,000 to €500,000. The sale marks the end of the 32-year-old's on-and-off two years as Fiorentina's second- and third-string goalkeeper.
Rosati made his name as Lecce's number one when the Lupi won Serie B in 2010, earning a move to Napoli. After spending time as the Napoli backup and on loan at Sassuolo, he joined Fiorentina on loan in 2014, then on a free transfer the following year.
Rosati's final stats for Fiorentina: 4 games (3 in Serie A, 1 in the Europa League), 1 clean sheet, 7 goals conceded. He was Neto's backup until Tatarusanu arrived last year, when he clearly became surplus to requirements. It's uncertain if the move is down to his desire for playing time, the club evaluating him as a superfluous player, or something else entirely.
His departure certainly clears space for on-loan Luigi Sepe to assume the mantle of number two goalkeeper - or maybe even number one, as Sepe is coming off an excellent season at Empoli. The move may give hope to youngsters like Luca Lezzerini and Artem Makarov of becoming third string. Whatever the reasoning behind the departure, so long, Antonio Rosati. You were an entirely adequate reserve goalie: unseen, unheard from, and almost entirely anonymous.