Transfer talk

Oriol: Rossi ready to join Barca

June 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Villarreal defender Joan Oriol has confirmed that Giuseppe Rossi would like a move to Barcelona this summer.

Eric Abidal, Giuseppe Rossi, Dani Alves
GettyImagesGiuseppe Rossi hopes to be plying his trade at the Camp Nou next season

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Speculation over the future of Rossi has been growing in recent weeks, with the player speaking of his desire to play for the Spanish champions, while Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido said the player will be sold if the club gets a good offer for him.

Rossi, rated at around €27 million, scored 18 goals in 36 La Liga starts for the Yellow Submarine last season and scored the same number of goals in 2009-10 too. Now the Italy international is set to be rewarded with a move to the Catalan giants.

"Rossi wants to go to Barcelona," Oriol told COM Radio. "He hopes [that] everything goes well and that he will be wearing the Azulgrana colours next season.

"Rossi could bring plenty to Barcelona, quality, experience and youth. He is a player who fits the Barcelona profile. I think he is the best player they can sign.

"He would easily adapt there and he would take on the competition well at Barcelona. He knows the risks of moving there.''