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Ex-Chelsea livewire Mutu dreams of Fiorentina return

Following the loss of Giuseppe Rossi to a long-term knee injury, ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has offered his services to former club Fiorentina.

Fiorentina are still coming to terms with losing Serie A's top scorer Giuseppe Rossi for at least three months causing former star Adrian Mutu to offer his services.

Rossi, who has 14 Serie A goals this term, looks set to miss much of the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury while playing against Livorno.

While the Italian international's injury is not a recurrence of the cruciate ligament damage that has sidelined him twice before, he is still out of action for the foreseeable future leaving Fiorentina with a massive void in attack.

The Tuscans are expected to use the winter transfer window to find a replacement hitman, probably on loan and it seems they have one willing volunteer.

Romanian marksman Mutu, who wore the Viola shirt between 2006 and 2011, netting 54 goals in 112 appearances, has admitted he'd love the chance to come back to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

"If Fiorentina wanted me again I wouldn't have to think twice," Mutu is quoted as saying by Sportmediaset.

"I left on good terms with the Della Valle family and I always stressed my gratitude to them for the way they treated me."

At the age of 34, many will feel that Mutu's best days are behind him, but Sportmediaset points out that the same could have been said of Luca Toni who rejoined Fiorentina last season after a spell in the UAE and is currently on lethal form with Verona

However, a more likely target may be out-of-favour Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella as Fiorentina await the return to fitness of Mario Gomez.

image: © Enrico Carcasci

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