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Daniele De Rossi Looks for Roma Exit, but Are Manchester United Interested?

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:  Daniele De Rossi captain of Roma in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and AS Roma at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 23, 2011 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Getty Images)
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Peter CarrollContributor IIIMarch 23, 2011

Daniele De Rossi’s agent has let Alex Ferguson know that his player wants out of Roma, after a series of personal problems befalling the central midfielder have forced him to seek first-team football elsewhere.

The Italian international is considering leaving the Giallorossi, his local team that he's supported since his childhood, due to difficulties which have presented themselves in the last three years.

The 27-year old’s father in law, Mario Pisnoli, was murdered in what authorities described as a classic mafia hit in 2008, which led to the talented player's wife, Tamara De Rossi, leaving him.

Currently Roma’s vice-captain, De Rossi now sees his career at Roma as tarnished and will look to Manchester United and/or Real Madrid to meet his €18 million price tag.

Alex Ferguson will have doubts about paying such a price for a player of his age, but is definitely looking to strengthen his midfield.

However, the Red Devil’s boss is already rumoured to be interested in another midfielder, Shakhtar Donetsk's Douglas Costa, as a replacement for veteran Paul Scholes.

That being said, Ferguson has been courting the Roman midfielder since his emergence in their side approximately 10 years ago, and will remember his sublime finish in 2008’s European clash where the Italian side were trounced 7-1 at Old Trafford.

The De Rossi family and Roma have a long-standing relationship, with the central midfielder’s father being the youth team coach.

However, De Rossi will still look to another club to pay him his €60,000 weekly wage, a number which both Manchester United and Real Madrid would be very comfortable with.

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