Should Inter gamble on Giuseppe Rossi?

Posted by Mike Whittaker

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"Inter? Who would not like to play there? They are a team that I like, with a project that has scope for growth." This was Giuseppe Rossi's latest statement about the possibility of signing for the Nerazzurri in January. Following his agent Federico Pastorello's comment last week: "Inter are a possible option for Giuseppe."

I, for one, am very excited about this prospect, as I've been a fan of Rossi since he started his professional career at Manchester United and my dad (who is a huge United fan) told me about the exciting Italian-American striker that was emerging from the Mancunian club's youth academy. I've wanted to see him in the Nerazzurri colours since I saw him score a long-range goal against Sunderland, which was his first Premier League strike for Man Utd. Over the last couple of years I have even tweeted him on several occasions asking when he's going to make my day and sign for Inter.

Unfortunately for all the Man Utd fans, he wasn't destined to be a Red Devil legend and after making just five first-team league appearances for the club, he was sent on loan to Newcastle United in 2006. This was a frustrating time for Giuseppe as he failed to secure the chances that he needed. Still unconvinced by Rossi, Sir Alex Ferguson then loaned the 19-year-old back to Parma for the second half of the season; Parma being the club where his life as a footballer began in their youth team seven years earlier.

It was during this time that Rossi really started to show his potential to the world. Returning an impressive nine goals in 19 appearances for the Italian club, helping them to avoid the threat of relegation. This was enough for Spanish side Villarreal to take an interest in the youngster, and on July 31, 2007 they announced the signing of Rossi from Manchester United. He has been a regular in their squad ever since.

His most prolific season came in 2010-11 when he scored a fantastic 32 goals in 56 appearances across all competitions, forcing the world to take notice. Since then, it has been tough for Giuseppe, who injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Villareal's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in October 2011 and wassidelined for six months. This was a massive blow for his club and by the time he was ready to return, they were in danger of being relegated to Spain's second tier. The misery didn't end there, either, as Rossi reinjured the same cruciate ligament in April and his club were relegated.

Rossi is still not expected back until April 2013 so from Inter's point of view these circumstances could be considered a bit of a gamble. With Villarreal now playing in Spain's Segunda Division, combined with him being on the sidelines for nearly a year already, and not likely to play a competitive game this season, his price tag is now much lower than it would've been in a different situation.

This makes him much more affordable for Inter. The player himself has even stated that being part of a great project is more important to him than a huge wage, which should be music to Massimo Moratti's ears considering Inter's current financial situation. Of course, if they do sign him in January it will be a risk for the club who have no way of knowing how well his injury will heal or even if he will still be the great player he was after at least 18 months without playing a competitive game.

Personally I do think it's worth Inter taking the risk. Rossi has a reputation for his overall attacking style of play, and has often been compared to Alessandro Del Piero due to his strong technical skills, his ability to pick out the right pass and of course his sublime dribbling talents. He is also known for his ability to score goals and link-up play. Rossi is a player who is very versatile on the pitch- being able to play as a lone striker, a second striker, a wide forward or even as an attacking midfielder.

This versatility would be the key to him becoming an extremely useful and important player for Inter's project. At just 25 years old and having been an important member of all levels of the Italian national team he could possibly lead the Nerazzurri line for many years to come.

Whether or not Inter respond to Giuseppe's comments and place a bid for him in January remains to be seen, but I remain hopeful and it's encouraging to know that becoming part of the Inter family is a move he is very open to making in the near future.

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