Premier League champions Manchester City are preparing a £20 million bid for A.S. Roma defensive midfielder Daniele de Rossi, according to the Daily Mail. This potential acquisition could dramatically tilt the Betfair Premier League title odds in City’s direction.
City boss Roberto Mancini has been a long term admirer of De Rossi, who penned a new five-year contract with his boyhood club in February.
De Rossi is fresh off an absolutely brilliant Euro 2012 campaign with the Azzurri in Poland-Ukraine, starting all six matches for the runners-up.
‘Capitan Futuro’ showed versatility and class at the 2012 European Football Championship, featuring as both a sweeper and a defensive midfielder.
Furthermore, the Azzurri standout started 32 Italian Serie A matches for the Giallorossi last term, tallying four goals and three assists.
Manchester City Exodus
City have yet to make a splash in the summer transfer window, with Owen Hargreaves , Gunnar Nielsen, Stuart Taylor, Wayne Bridge (loan) and Greg Cunningham all having exited the Etihad Stadium.
With that said, it’s just a matter of time before Roberto Mancini further strengthens the strongest side in the English Premier league.
Manchester City Transfer News
Now then, City have just recently been linked with a move for 22-year-old Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou, the Daily Mail understands. European giants AC Milan, Arsenal and FC Barcelona are also rumoured to be interested in the Cameroon international.
In other news, Sunderland are keen to land Manchester City striker John Guidetti on a season-long loan for a reported fee of £1.5 million.
Wigan want Miyaichi on loan
Wigan Athletic are keen on signing Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan, The Mirror reports.
If Wigan agree to a loan-deal for the pacy wide man, they will have a ready-replacement should Moses complete a move to European champions Chelsea.
In fact, the Latics interest in the 19-year-old Japan international may in fact spur on Victor Moses’ potential move to west London.
Cazorla meets Arsenal team-mates
According to The Mirror, Santi Cazorla is on the verge of completing a £20 million move to Arsenal from Malaga after agreeing terms on a four-year contract worth £70,000-a-week.
The Gunners will pay the debt-ridden Malaga £16 million up front, with various add-ons taking the potential fee to £20 million.
The Spain international’s move to north London is still pending, but that did not stop him from visiting Arsenal’s training ground to see the facilities and meet his team-mates on Saturday.
Arsenal keen on Sahin
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has told Arsenal transfer target Nuri Sahin that he can leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu this summer, The Mirror understands.
Sahin failed to establish himself in Mourinho’s first-team picture last term after joining the Spanish champions from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2011.
Will Arsenal cap off their summer with the signing of Sahin?