Daniele De Rossi Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Roma Star
Speculation has been mounting that Daniel De Rossi could be ready to leave his boyhood club Roma. Goal.com have reported that Italian national coach Cesare Prandelli believes that the 29-year-old's career would benefit greatly away from the only club he has ever played for.
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It looks increasingly likely that De Rossi's future lies away from Rome. Following Italy's Confederations Cup match against Mexico, SI.com reports that the midfielder launched a scathing attack on the press back home.
He was marginalised at the Stadio Olimpico last season, and having played over 400 games for the club, now would be the perfect time for De Rossi to ply his trade in a new shirt.
Sky Sports have reported that sources in Italy suggest that Roma are closing in on a deal for Kevin Strootman to replace De Rossi, which all but confirms that the midfielder is heading for the exit.
With several of Europe's biggest clubs linked with the defensive midfielder, here is the latest information on where De Rossi will be playing next season.
Chelsea have recently entered the list of teams linked with the Roma star. Even before Jose Mourinho was officially reappointed at Stamford Bridge, The Express was reporting that De Rossi was near the top of the Special One's transfer wish list.
Goal.com have also reported that the Portuguese's presence in West London could persuade the Italian to choose Chelsea over their rivals for his signature.
However, one of the most pressing problems that De Rossi has encountered at Roma recently has been instability. They have gone through four managers in two years, and Chelsea's remarkably similar record could send warning signs to the Italian.
His price tag is thought to be the main draw, but his wage demands could prove to be an insurmountable hurdle to any deal.
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It looks increasingly likely that De Rossi will be moving to Chelsea sooner rather than later. Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror has reported that Roma want the Blues' Brazilian right-back Wallace on loan next season, which could act as a sweetener for a £10 million deal for De Rossi.
Real Madrid have been chasing Daniele De Rossi on and off for four years. Each Madrid manager has coveted the Italian, but with the managerial position at the Bernabeu currently vacant, Real have more pressing issues at hand.
They would no doubt be disappointed if at the time that AS Roma finally decide to sell their star midfielder they found themselves unable to buy him, but with no guarantees that the incoming manager would use him regularly, it would be a huge gamble for Los Blancos to get involved in the bidding any time soon.
De Rossi was a long-term transfer target for his compatriot Roberto Mancini. The former Manchester City manager had spoken of bringing De Rossi to the blue half of Manchester as early as 2011, and he was keen to ensure a deal was done this summer.
However, Mancini's sacking and the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the deal. Pellegrini has made no comment over whether he intends to continue his predecessor's pursuit of De Rossi, and with other clubs ready to table offers for the midfielder, he will need to decide quickly.
Paris Saint Germain
PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti is another compatriot and admirer of De Rossi. Sky Sports reported his interest in the midfielder back in 2012 but with a deal not forthcoming, the super-rich French side were forced to look elsewhere.
Ancelotti has asked for an early release from his contract at PSG, which makes it less likely that De Rossi will find himself in the city of love next season. However, PSG have money to spare, and with his sky-high wages a problem with all interested parties, they could yet hijack a bid from any other club.