A little Italian bird has let it out that Man City are still interested in Roma star Daniele De Rossi...
News that AS Roma are willing to listen offers for their midfielder Daniele De Rossi has put Manchester City on red alert, after the Citizens failed in their attempts to sign the Italian international last season.
De Rossi signed a contract extension in February to end speculation that he could leave the Roman club, but with the 29-year-old at the height of his monetary worth after a good Euro 2012 campaign, there might not be a better opportunity for them to sell.
Sporting director Walter Sabatini admitted that "Roma cannot be detached from the reality that the movement of players may be necessary for survival" and though he has since backtracked and noted that it would take a remarkable offer, the comment will have been noted by Manchester City.
It is perhaps no coincidence that De Rossi recently indicated his interest in a potential move to the Premier League, praising the style of play and professing to a long-held admiration for Steven Gerrard.
Roberto Mancini has long been an admirer of the Roma man and with his squad looking light on more conventional central midfielders, it looks like an area that he will be looking to strengthen in ahead of his club's title defence. They are currently @ Betfair odds of (2.34) to retain the Premier League trophy.
Speculation over a potential swoop for De Rossi has coincided with news that Inter may consider bringing out-of-favourManchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong to the San Siro.
With Yann M'Vila and Arsenal's Alex Song proving too costly, de Jong - thought to be available for around £8 million, could be a more affordable solution for the Nerazzurri, who are currently (6.4) to win the scudetto (SERIE A TITLE) after two years on the periphery.
Inter star Wesley Sneijder has already given his blessing to a move for his Dutch international team-mate, telling the Italian media that "Massimo Moratti must sign de Jong".