Juventus confirms talks with Villarreal for Rossi

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Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has had plenty of success in Spain, but has not hidden his desire to return to Italy over the past month.

The 22-year-old has impressed for the Italian national team at the Confederations Cup, scoring two goals in a substitute appearance against the U.S., prompting a sensational attack from Spanish newspaper AS, declaring him a "traitor."

According to Sky Sport 24, Juventus has confirmed that sporting director Alessio Secco is meeting with Villarreal officials to negotiate a transfer for the former Manchester United and Parma starlet.

The Spanish club has asked for between $21 million and $25 million, plus striker David Trezeguet in exchange.

The Frenchman has been knocked down the pecking order this season in Turin, having suffered from poor form and injury in 2008-09, so the move could potentially suit both players.

Overall, Rossi scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Yellow Submarine this past season.