The 35-year-old striker is a well-known name across Europe, but as much for his infamy as well as his talent.
After successful spells with Dinamo Bucharest, Internazionale, Verona and Parma in the early 2000’s, Chelsea signed the then 24-year-old as part of the new Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge. Regarded as one of the best strikers in Serie A upon his arrival, Mutu’s signing was considered a real sign of intent from the Russian businessman, and the Romanian international started his Chelsea career in style - netting four goals in his first three matches.
However, his goalscoring form slowed, and he netted just six goals in his first full season in charge, playing 25 games in the Premier League. The following season was a failure for Mutu, as he failed to get along with new head coach Jose Mourinho, and he made just two league appearances before signing for Juventus in January 2005. Despite signing for the Serie A side in January, Mutu could not actually turn out for the club until the following season, having been banned by the FA on October 29, 2004 until May 18 the following year for testing positive for cocaine.
He followed up his spell with Juventus by moving to Fiorentina, and it was with the Viola that he enjoyed his best spell as a player. 112 games brought a return of 54 goals before he left the club in 2011. Less productive times with Cesena, Ajaccio and Petrolul Ploiesti followed, before he was released by the Romanian club in September 2014.
His career has somewhat stalled since the release, but it appears as if the misfit striker has a return to football planned, with fiorentina.it reporting that he has agreed to complete a trial spell with the Viola in the coming weeks in preparation for signing a full-time deal with his former side.
Despite all the faults that have followed Mutu’s career, at the age of 35 he still has a good few years left ahead of him, and a good season with Fiorentina could see him get his once-promising career back on track.