Italian giants A.S. Roma reportedly rejected a lucrative €100 million bid for defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi during the summer transfer window, according the club’s general manager Franco Baldini.
In August 2012, Roma director Walter Sabatini revealed that De Rossi was worth more than €100 million.
“De Rossi is a leader for us and therefore we never considered selling De Rossi, naturally,” insisted Sabatini in August.
“I merely pointed out that in all of football, not just De Rossi or our particular situation, when a crazy offer comes in then we will listen and evaluate.”
Now then, should a €100 million offer for a defensive midfielder be considered a “crazy offer”? I would surely think so, but perhaps not.
When asked about De Rossi’s situation, Baldini laid down the hammer:
“De Rossi? He will stay at Roma for life,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “We rejected several offers for him, even a €100m one.
“I want to send my greeting to the Spanish coach. He was a rookie, but he was able to teach us a lot of things, and me in particular.”
De Rossi has started both of the Giallorossi’s Serie A matches in 2012-13, netting an assist in Roma’s 2-2 draw against Catania on 26 August.
The 29-year-old Italy international has spent his entire career at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and — by the looks of it — will hang up his boots as a member of La Maggica.
Sanchez Watt willing to go out on loan
Gunners forward Sanchez Watt has revealed that he is willing to go out on loan if the short-term move aids his development as an Arsenal player, Sky Sports understands.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Crawley Town, tallying two goals in 14 league matches for the Red Devils.
“I want to go somewhere where I’m learning from it. If the deal’s right, my agents and Arsene Wenger will tell me. I’m waiting for the right club,” Sanchez told Arsenal’s official website.
“Last season’s loan spells were about maturing. You’ve got to work hard for your place every week. You’re on your own. You have to grow up.
“We were fighting for promotion and every game and training session was vital. You always had to be switched on. It was good for me.”
Despite his desire to improve as an Arsenal player, Sanchez does not seem to be a part of the Gunners’ future, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Ryo Miyaichi surely ahead of him in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order.
However, I could be wrong, and it would not be the first time to be perfectly honest.
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