For almost two years, Manchester City have been after the signature of Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
De Rossi has chosen to stay at Roma in Serie A, a club he has been with since he became a professional in 2001. This January, it is likely that City will make another run at acquiring the 29-year-old and the circumstances around both clubs involved in the deal could make that transfer happen.
The easiest place to start for the likelihood of this transfer happening is the available players that both clubs have at the moment.
If De Rossi were to make a move to the Etihad Stadium, he would play in the defensive midfield role that is employed by Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry on a regular basis. At the moment, City have two players on the depth chart behind Toure and Barry at the position in summer signings Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell.
The addition of De Rossi to the City squad would not only give the defending Premier League champions more depth, but it would allow Toure to move into a more attacking position.
City play much better when the towering Ivorian is playing behind the main forward in Roberto Mancini's 4-2-3-1 formation. De Rossi would slot into the defensive midfield alongside Barry and Toure would be relied on more to press forward from the beginning of the match.
There is no doubt that the Citizens would have plenty of depth at the position, but would Roma have enough depth in their squad to let De Rossi go.
Roma plays in a 4-3-3 formation under manager Zdenek Zeman with De Rossi playing in the midfield along with Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Alessandro Florenzi.
The Italian club also has American Michael Bradley on the bench as cover for any of the three if they were to get injured or leave the club. Zeman also has the versatile Marquinho and Rodrigo Taddei if one of his first choice midfielders were to leave the club.
Roma's place in the table may be another factor in if the deal gets done, currently they sit in seventh place in Serie A.
The cut off for European qualification is fifth place in Italy and if Roma are still struggling to reach the top five in January, then they may consider selling one of their biggest names in De Rossi and in turn spend that money to buy two or three players to add depth to the squad.
The prospect of winning trophies and playing in the Champions League could also drag De Rossi away from the only club he has ever known.
The only trophy that De Rossi has ever won at the club level is the Coppa Italia, which he won in 2007 and 2008 with Roma. De Rossi won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy on the international level.
Other than those two cup titles, Rossi has not tasted the success of winning a Serie A title and it does not look like that will happen this season if he stays with Roma.
If he does make the move to the Etihad Stadium, De Rossi would be thrown into the middle of a title race in the Premier League and possibly into a European competition knockout round, depending on how City fares in their final two Champions League group matches.
While there are more positives than negatives when it comes to joining Manchester City, De Rossi could say that he wants to stay at Roma for the rest of his career, just like Francesco Totti has at the club.
There is no doubt that De Rossi would ask Totti of his opinions about the transfer, especially since both players have spent their whole careers at the club.
However, they do say money talks and if Manchester City are able to meet the demands of both Roma and De Rossi, which they more than able to do with their funding, it be could be the end of the road at Roma for the Italian midfielder.
If City and Roma can figure everything out about a potential transfer for De Rossi, the Italian would be a perfect fit in Mancini's lineup.
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