Manchester City Make Mammoth £38m Italian International Bid: Mancini Fails to Capture De Rossi

Eastlands boss makes mega bid for Roma battler.

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Sports News - April 26, 2010

Manchester City have reportedly had a £38 million bid for AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi rejected. The Italian international is perpetually linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea FC and Manchester United both maintaining a long-term interest in the 26-year-old.

Last summer the midfielder, who has won 52 caps for the Azzurri and was recently called up to Marcelo Lippi’s World Cup squad, was strongly linked with Manchester City and Real Madrid, with Rossi allegedly rejecting the latter. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has in the past expressed his admiration for the player, but has always been deterred by Roma’s valuation of the player. Chelsea FC and Manchester City have again been linked with De Rossi this summer, with the former Serie A bosses Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini both being well aware of the player’s attributes.

According to Italian publication La Stampa, Roma have rejected a giant offer from Manchester City, believed to be in the region of £38 million. The latest speculation is likely to ward off reputed interest from Manchester United and Chelsea FC, and neither are helped by the player’s thus far unflinching loyalty to Roma.

The report suggests that Roma are holding out for a fee in the region of £50 million, and are hoping Manchester City’s interest will encourage Real Madrid, Barcelona and potentially Chelsea FC to join the race for the player. Roma, who have taken the Serie A title race down to the final day of the season with Inter Milan, have well publicised financial concerns but are reluctant to lose their top players for anything less than their premium market valuations. (

Whilst I can see the qualities that Daniele De Rossi possesses the idea that a £38m bid for the midfielder failed is quite astounding. Manchester City are continually linked with players that appear out of their range, such as Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres, so for Roberto Mancini to then make and astronomical bid for the AS Roma player makes little sense to me.

Clearly the Eastlands boss knows who he can realistically sign and De Rossi is one such player but he shouldn’t fall into the trap of being falling for overinflated prices set on players simply because club’s can see the pound signs in the distance. Sometimes having owners who have limitless wealth can have a downside.

If the club does indeed want central midfielders they may do well to set their sights on players unable to cement a first team spot at big clubs. Players such as Real Madrid duo Fernando Gago and Lassana Diarra for instance.

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