Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi is one of the most coveted players in Europe at the moment, alongside players of the calibre of Alexis Sánchez, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tévez. The American-born Italian is a versatile left-sided striker with quick feet, great control, impressive pace and a knack for beating goalkeepers in one-on-one situations. As Barcelona’s interest in the 24-year-old cools, Juventus are becoming the favourites to land him. Juve President Giuseppe Marotta has named his number one target this summer as the club consider raising their offer for the Submarino Amarillo’s star player from €25m to €30m.
With the likes of new signings Andrea Pirlo, Reto Ziegler, Michele Pazienza and Stephan Lichtsteiner slotting in alongside Simone Pepe, Fabio Quagliarella (if fit) and Miloš Krasić, Juventus have a very talented, creative and attacking side which, with clinical strikers Alessandro Matri, and Alessandro Del Piero at the forefront of the attacks, is a very promising one, but with the added potency and danger of Rossi, it is a squad worthy of challenging for the Scudetto and, if it gels correctly, the Champions League the season after.
The idea of Rossi playing alongside a very skilful, tall, right-sided forward like Alessandro Matri and an experienced talisman like Del Piero is one worth drooling over. Matri is quick and agile enough to keep up with Rossi and the 26-year-old’s ability in the air adds an extra dimension to Juve’s attacks, as with Lichtsteiner, Ziegler and Krasić a lot of the Old Lady’s attacks will be coming from the wings. Matri’s goal scoring ability has already been shown at Juve as the Italian striker joined the club in January and went on to score nine goals for the Old Lady in 16 Serie A appearances. Del Piero’s experience and influence in the squad is priceless, his goal scoring ability speaks for itself and his understanding of Serie A and Juventus will be essential to assisting any new signing in adjusting to the side and the league.
Of Serie A’s top eight teams last season, only Lazio scored fewer goals than the Bianconeri and only Roma and Palermo conceded more. They have tightened up their defence with the acquisition of the two full-backs Lichtsteiner and Ziegler, who are both dangerous going forward as well as solid defensively. Now it is a solution to their goal scoring problem they seek and a €30m offer for Rossi may be the right way to go if Juve are to return to challenging for the Scudetto and the Champions League.
He is a proven goal scorer at the highest level and although Italian defenders will not afford the striker the same amount of time as their Spanish counterparts, he has the speed, control and skill to squeeze through the tight backlines of the Serie A. As Antonio Conte builds a fresh, attacking Juve side, a player like Rossi will be the perfect acquisition to slot in alongside Matri and Del Piero. The clinical, nimble Italian international is well worth the €30m Villarreal are asking for him and Juventus will reap the benefits of such an investment for years to come.