Transfer news

Rossi would welcome Inter Milan approach

July 31, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has invited Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez to make a bid for him, admitting that he "could never say no to a side like Inter".

Giuseppe Rossi
GettyImagesGiuseppe Rossi was left out of Italy's World Cup squad

Rossi, who has played for the Yellow Submarine since moving from Manchester United in 2007, began his career in Italy with Parma and returned to play for the Serie A side on loan before transferring to Villarreal.

Marcello Lippi overlooked Rossi for Italy's 2010 World Cup squad, with his poor club form last season blamed for the absence from the Azzurri set-up in South Africa.

But with Mario Balotelli looking set to leave the San Siro for pastures new, Rossi has emerged as a possible replacement - a link that he has welcomed.

"I am very happy at Villarreal and owe them a great deal," Rossi told Corriere dello Sport. "However, I could never say no to a side like Inter. My phone is always on.

"It's an honour to be linked with the champions of Italy and Europe, but for the moment there has been no official contact. I would only leave Villarreal if the call came from a big club. I am ready for a team like Inter."