England Transfer News — 17 August 2012

According to media reports Roma captain and midfield general Daniele De Rossi could be heading for English champions Manchester City.

The 29 year-old is believed to be in Manchester holding talks ahead of a £30million move.


The Italian international has been one of the most consistent midfielders in the European game in recent seasons. His performances in Serie A and for the Azzurri have made him one of the most in-demand players in Europe.


De Rossi has long been linked with a move away from the Italian capital. De Rossi has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. It now seems that Manchester City are the club that will win the race for his signature.


Manchester City’s squad is very strong at the moment, and the Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has expressed his frustration this summer at not being able to strengthen his squad. Daniele de Rossi would definitely improve the City squad.

The likes of Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry are already at the club. However, I would suggest that De Rossi is an improvement on both players. Barry put in some consistent performances towards the end of the season, but De Jong struggled for regular first team football last season.


Daniele De Rossi has been regarded as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in Europe in recent years, but in recent months he has shown himself to be versatile. He played as centre-back for both Roma and Italy during the Euro’s and has shown his class.


Manchester City have spent a lot of money in the last few seasons trying to create a high quality squad. Daniele De Rossi is certainly the quality of player that could help City go to the next level. Should City sign De Rossi then I’m sure he would be a very good signing.

Would Daniele De Rossi be a good signing for Manchester City?


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