Wednesday 24 May 2017

United put on alert as De Rossi plans to quit Roma

Daniele De Rossi Photo: Getty Images
Daniele De Rossi Photo: Getty Images

Rory Smith

Daniele De Rossi's representatives have sounded out Manchester United to establish whether the Premier League leaders would consider an £18m move for the Roma midfielder this summer.

The 27-year-old is considering leaving the Serie A side he has supported since childhood after a turbulent three years during which his father-in-law was shot and killed in a gangland revenge attack and he separated from his wife, Tamara.

United, like Real Madrid, hold a long-standing interest in the Roma vice-captain, but have been consistently informed that he would not consider leaving the club where he started his career and his father Alberto remains a youth team coach.

Both clubs have now been informed, though, that De Rossi is prepared to leave the Italian capital in a bid to escape the troubles that have enveloped his life away from the game.

Real manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen to pair the player with Xabi Alonso, while Alex Ferguson will be given funds this summer to strengthen his squad, with a replacement for Paul Scholes, along with a goalkeeper and a central defender, likely to be a priority.

Though his age and price may not appeal to United's desire to bring in players with high resale values, De Rossi's undisputed quality would tempt Ferguson, who has struggled to settle on a central midfield partnership in recent years.

The Scot is also believed to be examining the likes of Douglas Costa, the Shakhtar Donetsk player, and has also monitored Charlie Adam, of Blackpool, but his interest in De Rossi dates back to the player's initial emergence at Roma.

The midfielder's contract, worth £60,000 a week and well within United's budget, expires in June 2012 and it is believed Roma would not stand in his way should their price be met.

Although the Italian team's future is uncertain -- a takeover led by Thomas DiBenedetto, an American businessman and minority partner in the FSG consortium which owns Liverpool, is yet to be completed and manager Claudio Ranieri was replaced this year by the inexperienced Vincenzo Montella -- it is thought De Rossi is more disenchanted with city than club.

Meanwhile, Red Football Joint Venture, the holding company through which the Glazer family own United, revealed a loss of £108.9m for the year ending June 30, 2010.

The figure includes the loss of £83.6m revealed in the last set of published accounts for the club, dating to October last year, as well as £30.2m interest on the Glazers' PIK loan, which has since been paid off.

According to documents filed at Companies House, several one-off costs related to the setting up of a £526m bond issue to clear the PIK loan also contributed to the loss. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

The 27-year-old is considering leaving the Serie A side he has supported since childhood after a turbulent three years during which his father-in-law was shot and killed in a gangland revenge attack and he separated from his wife, Tamara.

United, like Real Madrid, hold a long-standing interest in the Roma vice-captain, but have been consistently informed that he would not consider leaving the club where he started his career and his father Alberto remains a youth team coach.

Both clubs have now been informed, though, that De Rossi is prepared to leave the Italian capital in a bid to escape the troubles that have enveloped his life away from the game.

Real manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen to pair the player with Xabi Alonso, while Alex Ferguson will be given funds this summer to strengthen his squad, with a replacement for Paul Scholes, along with a goalkeeper and a central defender, likely to be a priority.

Though his age and price may not appeal to United's desire to bring in players with high resale values, De Rossi's undisputed quality would tempt Ferguson, who has struggled to settle on a central midfield partnership in recent years.

The Scot is also believed to be examining the likes of Douglas Costa, the Shakhtar Donetsk player, and has also monitored Charlie Adam, of Blackpool, but his interest in De Rossi dates back to the player's initial emergence at Roma.

The midfielder's contract, worth £60,000 a week and well within United's budget, expires in June 2012 and it is believed Roma would not stand in his way should their price be met.

Although the Italian team's future is uncertain -- a takeover led by Thomas DiBenedetto, an American businessman and minority partner in the FSG consortium which owns Liverpool, is yet to be completed and manager Claudio Ranieri was replaced this year by the inexperienced Vincenzo Montella -- it is thought De Rossi is more disenchanted with city than club.

Meanwhile, Red Football Joint Venture, the holding company through which the Glazer family own United, revealed a loss of £108.9m for the year ending June 30, 2010.

The figure includes the loss of £83.6m revealed in the last set of published accounts for the club, dating to October last year, as well as £30.2m interest on the Glazers' PIK loan, which has since been paid off.

According to documents filed at Companies House, several one-off costs related to the setting up of a £526m bond issue to clear the PIK loan also contributed to the loss. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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