Marotta flies to Spain to negotiate fee for Villarreal’s Rossi

Juventus have stepped up their chase for striker Giuseppe Rossi as general manager Giuseppe Marotta will travel to Spain this week to negotiate with Villarreal in an attempt to complete the deal, Marca reports.

Agreeing a fee for Rossi is understood to be the final hurdle in completing the deal as the Bianconeri have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the Italian, the 24-year-old agreeing a four-year contract on a €3.5m salary.

Juventus originally tabled an offer of €20m which was rejected by Villarreal who insist they will not let their top scorer leave for anything less than €30m. Villarreal however, have resigned themselves to losing Rossi, who only signed a five-year contract with the club in February, and are already looking to replace the American-born Italian international.

With Barcelona’s interest in Rossi cooling, the Bianconeri are the favourites to land the forward ahead of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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