Sunday August 19 2012
De Rossi: Yes or no to Man City?

There are conflicting reports in Italy as to whether or not Daniele De Rossi and Roma are willing to accept Manchester City’s £35m offer.

Several newspapers suggested the midfielder was not eager to join Mario Balotelli at Eastlands and would reject the transfer worth €55m.

This morning La Gazzetta dello Sport claims De Rossi has already given the all-clear to the move, which would almost double his current €6m per season wages on a four-year contract.

It is reported that manager Roberto Mancini made a personal phone call to De Rossi in order to sell him on the switch to the Premier League.

On the other hand, Il Messaggero maintains the ‘Future Captain’ is not interested in Manchester and would prefer to join a club from London, Madrid or Paris if he really did have to leave his hometown.

Agent Sergio Berti was in Manchester this week, though it’s not clear if he was there to discuss De Rossi or his other client Aleksandar Kolarov.

Roma director Walter Sabatini was adamant the World Cup winner is “worth €100m,” but the club has already sold or loaned out 43 different players this summer.

The fans are expected to stage a protest this evening at the Stadio Olimpico when Roma play their first home game of the season, a friendly against Aris Salonika.