La Gazzetta dello Sport have today reported that Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi will join La Liga side Levante this month on loan.
Now back to full fitness and with Euro 2016 looming, Pepito has made no secret of his desire to gain more playing time after problems with his knee had kept him out for the entire 2014/15 campaign. With just four starts in Serie A for the Viola this season, and a prolific front pairing of Josip Iličić and Nikola Kalinić ahead of him in the pecking order, his decision to look elsewhere to return to form is entirely justifiable.
It had been mooted that Rossi may join Gian Piero Gasperini's Genoa, however his agent Andrea Pastorello has dismissed this option, adding that this was not because Fiorentina had blocked the deal. "We are now looking at other options," said Pastorello. "The only solid option we have right now is Levante.
Currently bottom of La Liga, the Spanish side may well be the solution for now, but come the summer, the New Jersey born striker could move to former club Villarreal for a fee believed to be in the region of €5 million.
It will be tough for Viola fans to say goodbye to a player so revered in Florence, but with Rossi's injury history and need for playing time, there is unlikely to be any hard feelings when he moves on to a club that is the right match for him.