Sir Alex Ferguson looks to Roma man to add steel to his Old Trafford midfield.
Sir Alex Ferguson is readying a bid for Roma contract rebel Daniele De Rossi. The Man United boss is in urgent need of midfield reinforcements following the loss of the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher to injury and will look to lure the experienced Italian international to Old Trafford next month.
The 28 year old Rome born box to box midfielder has six months to run on his current contract and has stalled on signing a new deal as his Stadio Olimpico side experience a fairly average time of it in Serie A this season. Spaniard Luis Enrique is yet to spark the Giallorossi into life this season and they find themselves languishing in mid table.
De Rossi is now into his 11th season at his hometown club and is yet to secure a major honour or regular Champions League action and with Roma moving backwards, five Serie A runners-up finishes in seven seasons being followed by a sixth place disappointment last term and currently sitting in 10th place, a move to Man United may tempt the 70 cap midfielder.
As well as suffering with an injury crisis Sir Alex Ferguson is also keen to bring in a more steely presence in the centre of the park and De Rossi is known for his determined tackling and no nonsense physical approach, which may well lend itself well to life in the Premier League. However the World Cup winner is also a threat going forward and has an eye for goal, having netted regularly for club and country.
Roma may be loathed to lose one of their prized assets but may also opt to stand in the way of De Rossi’s decision if he does indeed decide that the time is right for a new challenge. It seems hugely unlikely that the loyal vice-captain would ever think about moving to another Italian side and this too may help Man United’s pursuit.
A number of other sides are said to be monitoring De Rossi’s contract negotiations with United’s local rivals Man City also strongly linked with the Roma man.