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Manchester City Hope To Conclude Italy Midfielder Deal For Summer

AS Roma ace now free to talk to Etihad Stadium officials.

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Manchester City could open talks with AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in the next few days, with a summer transfer lined up.

The Giallorossi vice captain is out of contract in the summer, and is now free to speak to clubs outside Italy about prospective moves.

Man City manager Roberto Mancini signed Chile midfielder David Pizarro from Roma yesterday at the end of the last transfer window, but he will only stay on loan until the summer.

Mancini has also already indicated his interest in bringing De Rossi to the Etihad Stadium, stating late last year:

“De Rossi is a champion and would be the perfect man to improve City,” said the Italian manager.

“If we get the right signals [from Roma], it is worth trying [to sign him].”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays in Rome. But if he doesn’t sign, City will be ready.

“It’s difficult to tear away a Roman footballer – and Roma fan – from Rome. As Romans are tied up in their origins and lifestyle.

“But if one day De Rossi is on the market, Manchester City will try – like Real Madrid, Chelsea and all the big clubs.

“He is one of the few players who can be slot into the best teams in the world – a complete midfielder with class and experience.”

As for De Rossi’s intentions, the Italy international has been incredibly coy up until recently.

“Things are at a standstill,” explained De Rossi in December.

“There’s no hectic rush to get things sorted, but it is a little frustrating to be getting to January like this.

“If I was to leave Roma then my first choice would be to go and play football abroad. But if such a move couldn’t be agreed then I’d have to look to Italy. I couldn’t just quit football.”

Now, it would appear De Rossi has made up his mind.

“I have clear ideas about what I should do, but I prefer not to say them right now,” he explained a few weeks ago to Sky Sport Italia.

“I can only say that, day after day, everything is getting more clear.”

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