Transfer news

Barca keen on Rossi deal

June 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Barcelona have entered negotiations for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, according to the player's agent.

Eric Abidal, Giuseppe Rossi, Dani Alves
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AS reports that Barca are eager to add two new forwards to the squad this summer, with Fredi Kanoute, Diego Forlan and Dani Guiza all under consideration as low-cost experienced options.

However, Rossi appears to be their top target and agent Federico Pastorello has now revealed talks are underway.

"We are talking with Barcelona and Rossi would love to play for the club," he told AS. "His price-tag is between €25 million and €30 million. We are now waiting for news from Barca."

Earlier this month, Italy international Rossi had said he was "remaining calm" about reports Inter and Barcelona were considering bidding for his services. The 24-year-old joined Villarreal from Manchester United in 2007, and he scored 32 goals in 56 games for the club this season.