Daniele De Rossi is one of the best midfielders in the world today and probably the best Italian player of his generation.
This would probably describe Roberto Mancini’s latest target down to a tee.
On Monday, De Rossi was again linked with a move to the Etihad this summer, as reported by the Metro.
The Roma midfielder, 28, is said to be subject to a £23.5 million bid from City, who have been interested in acquiring his services for a couple of seasons now.
Mancini is a known admirer of De Rossi and would be delighted if he could finally land his fellow countryman.
De Rossi enjoyed a successful Euro 2012, reaching the final before coming up against one of the greatest teams that has ever graced a football field.
Against Spain in the first game he was put into the centre of defence by Cesare Prandelli and put everything on the line in a man of the match performance. He returned into his normal position of centre midfield for the remainder of the tournament.
He is probably one of a handful of players who would improve the City squad as they look to improve on last season’s poor showing in the Champions League and retain their Premier League crown.
He, alongside the likes of Yaya Toure or the much-maligned Gareth Barry, would be a very good midfield indeed.
The possible arrival of De Rossi would probably spell the end at Manchester City for Nigel De Jong.
The Dutchman who is attracting interest from German superpower Bayern Munich has yet to agree a new deal with City.
De Jong is a fan favourite at the Etihad and is also very popular among players, but he struggled to break into the side last season and wasn’t really an asset until towards the end of the season.
If De Rossi does come and De Jong does leave, then there would be an improvement on the City squad.
De Rossi is a better footballer than De Jong and would fit into Mancini’s system with ease.
De Rossi also has vast experience in European competition, playing a number of Champions League campaigns with Roma. He is also a World Cup winner and would bring a lot in terms of leadership to the side.
For now it seems it is only paper talk, but don’t be surprised if Roberto Mancini finally gets his man this summer.