Preparing to return from injury, Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi has completed a transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina .

The Tuscan club announced the move Friday and Rossi signed a four-year deal worth slightly more than €2 million ($2.6 million) per season, plus bonuses.

Fiorentina reportedly paid a €9.5 million ($12.45 million) transfer fee to Villarreal.

Rossi has been out for 14 months, since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He underwent surgery a day later, then tore the same ACL again and had another operation in April. He is expected to start playing again in March.

The 25-year-old Rossi had been with Villarreal since 2007. The United States-born striker began his career with Manchester United .

Fiorentina has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half of the Serie A season and is tied for third with Inter Milan , nine points behind leader Juventus .

Rossi will join two other former Villarreal players already with Fiorentina, defender Gonzalo Rodriguez and midfielder Borja Valero.