Agent: Barcelona interested in Villarreal’s Rossi

Barcelona is reportedly interested in bolstering its Champions

League-winning squad with Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi.

Rossi’s agent Federico Pastorello told RAC 1 radio the

Villarreal forward was interested after being approached by the

Spanish champion.

”We’ve had contact with Barca and he is interested in playing

for the most important club in the world,” Pastorello reportedly

said. ”The market price for Rossi is between ?25-?30 million and

we’re negotiating with Barcelona.”

Rossi scored 32 goals in all competitions for Villarreal,

including 18 in the league to help it qualify for next season’s

Champions League with a fourth-place finish.

The 24-year-old Rossi, who recently signed a contract extension

through 2016, has scored 77 times for Villarreal since joining from

Manchester United in 2007.

Coach Juan Carlos Garrido was bracing for his leading striker’s

exit, saying ”so many rumors must mean something.”

”If Villarreal receives a good offer then it will be accepted

and we’ll thank the player for all of his efforts,” Garrido said

on Tuesday. ”Rossi has played a lot of games and has scored a lot

of goals. We need to be prepared for any possible sale.”

Barcelona has won 10 major titles in the past three seasons

including two Champions Leagues and three straight Spanish

leagues.

But it found itself relying on the incredible form of Lionel

Messi in the latter stages of the season as forwards David Villa

and Pedro Rodriguez appeared to tire with only striker Bojan Krkic

available off the bench. Messi capped his season at 53 goals.

Rossi’s signing would be the first in the offseason for the

Catalan club, which could also make another attempt at signing

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.