A couple of years ago a move for Giuseppe Rossi would have appeared to be prohibitive for Tottenham Hotspur. They've been linked for a while but when he was troubling the top of La Liga's goal-scoring charts he came with a matching price-tag and ambitions to play in the Champions League.
Two serious knee injuries brought that to an end and contributed to Villarreal being relegated. Rossi is working his way back to full fitness and there's no doubt that Villarreal will sell him, probably this January. His sale is something which will suit both the club and player and his agent has been talking about the situation openly.
Federico Pastorello granted an interview to a Naples radio station, transcribed by Calciomercato, and whilst the concentration was on going to Serie A and playing for the local side, his agent made it clear that the Premier League remains an option.
Rossi came through the ranks at Manchester Untied but was allowed to leave because he wasn't getting enough first team opportunities. He speaks English perfectly, having been brought up in New jersey, and a return to these shores is a real possibility.
There aren't a lot of conditions related to a transfer from the player's side and his agent said "I do not rule anything in terms of destinations, but the only thing that is certain is that he will only accept a club who can afford him, in the sense that it will pay what the Villarreal deems appropriate to ask for, and that will keep the his current salary."
By English standards Rossi won't be on a huge wage and Villarreal aren't going to be asking much. They are now a second division team and Rossi is still recovering from his second serious knee injury, a figure of around £5-£7m would probably get the forward. The Daily Mail reported in March that Spurs were battling Napoli for the player but, financially, Tottenham could probably pull something bigger together.
Rossi clearly isn't looking for a huge pay day and that will suit Tottenham, and Daniel Levy.