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Roberto Mancini is a long-term admirer of the Italian midfielder’s talent.
In the January transfer window, the Manchester City coach described De Rossi as a ‘perfect fit’ for his Manchester City side, but was fruitless in his efforts to sign him. (Daily Mail) Instead, the loan services of David Pizzaro had to suffice until the end of the season.
Six months on and it seems that there is potential for the transfer to finally become a reality.
Walter Sabatini, sporting director of AS Roma, has recently said:
'If Daniele came to us saying that he wanted to leave, or if a club offered an amount we can't refuse, it should be considered.
'That is not to say we would give in to Daniel, but at least we would talk about it.
'Roma cannot be detached from the reality that the movement of players may be necessary for survival' (Daily Mail)
The 28-year-old holding midfielder is reported to be valued in the region of £25 million (goal.com), however no formal bids have yet been made.
If De Rossi was to arrive in Manchester it is likely that his presence will force Nigel de Jong to move away, with Inter Milan reportedly ready to offer £6 million for the Dutchman’s services. (The Telegraph)
What is unclear however is whether Man City still want the Roma vice- captain’s services having recently signed Jack Rodwell from Everton.