Daniele De Rossi is your typical one club man. He has made over 419 appearances for Roma and established himself as a club legend. He’s now been at the Stadio Olimpico for 13 years. Who would bet against him seeing out his remaining years with the Serie A club?
But in recent times, De Rossi has shown a surprising willingness to consider his options. There’s been a fair amount of speculation regarding his future this summer and the Italian battler hasn’t been blind to it.
Here’s what he’s said: ““Had I left Roma in the past or if I leave in the future then I would go for an experience abroad.”
“I feel like an integral part of Roma and Roma are an integral part of my life but, if I were to go, then I would not play for another Italian side out of respect to the club. I would move to a foreign outfit.” (Source: The Mirror)
These comments naturally perked up the ears of plenty of ‘foreign outfits’. De Rossi didn’t exactly put himself in the shop window, but after this interview hit the Press, he could surely (to continue the metaphor) be found on a clothing rack somewhere towards the back of the store.
This brings me to The Mirror‘s claim that Manchester United have put in a £10m bid for the gifted midfielder. Arsenal have got a lot of flack for the badly judged bids this summer, but I think United have finally trumped them here.
Whilst he’s getting on in years (he’s 30), he’s still one of the best midfielders in world football. Offering £10m for Daniele De Rossi is a little embarrassing.
Still, Roma’s top brass shared information about the bid with the player, who ‘flatly refused’ the opportunity to move to Old Trafford. I can’t help but wonder if he turned down the opportunity because he wants to stay with Roma, or because United’s salary offer wasn’t sufficient.
Given his earlier comments, I think it’s fair to say that he’s willing to move on. And given United’s miserly bid, I’m sure they went in a little low when it came to wages too.
Daniele De Rossi is a player I’d love to see in the Premier League. He’s a smart, effective midfielder who combines hard-work and craft with genuine ability. He’s a tough-tackler and a goal-threat, a combination which is hard to come by.
If United have any chance of signing him, I hope they give it their all. I’d hate to see yet another opportunity pass David Moyes by.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United close a deal for Daniele De Rossi before the transfer window slams shut?
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