Around 12 months ago the asking price for Italian striker Giuseppi Rossi was around £30m but what a difference a year can make in football. Injuries and an unexpected relegation for his club side Villarreal has got the rumour mills speaking in terms of around £10m for his services.
While these suggestions continue however, the player himself is likely to be out until December 2012 at least. The jury was always out whenever Rossi’s name was mentioned but these have been serious injuries – will he ever be the same player again?
Meanwhile, as Europe gets set to pick over the scraps of Villarreal’s relegation, Rossi’s club mate Nilmar has also been mentioned. A Brazilian international, his record in Spain isn’t exactly prolific with a goal every three games or so but his agent has talked about contact from the UK, leading to suggestions that Spurs are involved.
“We are in contact with a French side, an English side, a Spanish side and three Italian sides,” said Orlando da Hora.
With the quotes from Adebayor emerging this morning regarding his future, the transfer stories will be picking up on alternatives should Ade not return but maybe these two should be shelved for now at least.