Various reports from Italian media sources including TuttermercatoWeb suggest Daniele De Rossi is still very much a target for Manchester City and Roberto Mancini.
The Roman will be out of contract this summer and despite being locked in negotiations with his boyhood club for some time, it is proving difficult to make progress.
“De Rossi would be absolutely perfect. I rate him one of the best midfielders in the world.” – Roberto Mancini
The public interested stated in De Rossi must make it difficult for Roma to negotiate. The defensive midfielder has previously stated that while he loves Roma with all his heart, he will not sign on for cheaper wages when he can get a pay rise elsewhere. If there’s one thing that’s just as certain as death and taxes it’s a pay rise in Manchester.
Despite his contract running down, he still wouldn’t come cheap. If he was signed on a pre-contract, his wages would be unbelievable. It is not a question of whether or not Manchester City can afford this – because they can – but it is a question of whether or not he is needed.
As Mancini states, he is one of the best defensive midfielder in the world. While he is an able midfielder, he operates in an anchor role – incredibly similar to Nigel de Jong and Owen Hargreaves you might say. Add Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry and James Milner to the pile and you’ve got 5 very good midfielders who play in that role, two of which are also considered ‘world class’.
Daniele De Rossi would likely become the best of the five if he joined, but what would that mean for Owen Hargreaves? It might make signing him genuinely pointless and leave him clogging the wage bill just like Emmanuel Adebayor or Wayne Bridge.
Mark Hughes made a few mistakes in his tenure as City manager but Roberto Mancini has played the transfer market pretty much spot on since he arrived. Could signing Daniele De Rossi be the first Hughes-like move of his City career?
Do Manchester City need Daniele De Rossi? If Mancini moves for him what will become of Owen Hargreaves?