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Express: Roma to make De Rossi available?

  • 25 July 2013 09:00
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Roma could put reported City target Daniele De Rossi up for sale – according to this morning’s media reports.

The midfielder has been linked with the Blues in the past, and the Daily Express claims that the Italian side could now be ready to let their talisman go for financial reasons.

City would also face competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid if they wanted to follow up any pursuit of the Italy international.

“Rome-born De Rossi has played at Roma throughout his career and has been very reluctant to leave the Italian capital in the past,” reports the paper’s Ben Jefferson.

“But Roma are struggling financially and would countenance the player's sale in order to get the Italian international's £5.6m salary off their books.

“The Giallorossi have already seen Marquinhos depart for Paris St Germain this summer and are now thought to be willing to consider offers in the region of £9m-£10m for De Rossi.”

Elsewhere, Joleon Lescott is still said to be considering his future, even though Manuel Pellegrini is keen for the defender to stay at the Etihad Stadium – that one is according to the MEN.

Joleon video diary

Plenty of transfer stories at the moment are keen to remind us there is a World Cup in Brazil next summer, and this one is no exception, explaining that Lescott is seeking regular match action to strengthen his England claims.

Writes Rob Dawson: “Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that Lescott is part of his plans and the club are ready to extend his contract beyond 2014, when his current deal expires. The 30-year-old has also said that he wants to stay.

“But he’s keen to go to the World Cup in Brazil next summer and is aware that he must be playing regularly for City – who are still chasing Real Madrid defender Pepe – if he wants to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad should they qualify.

“And Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Stoke are ready to pounce if Lescott decides his future lies away from the Etihad Stadium.”

Everton are also said to be interested in another City player, Scott Sinclair, but the Daily Mail reports that they face competition from West Brom to land the winger.

Sinclair

The Baggies are said to be keen to secure the 24-year-old’s services – at least on loan – after he struggled for opportunities in his debut season at the Etihad.

He has, however, played a part in all three of City’s pre-season games to date, including yesterday’s victory over South China.  

“Albion have also made a formal approach to City for Sinclair and Manuel Pellegrini is willing to let the 24-year-old go,” explains Simon Jones.

 “Albion and Everton would both be keen on a loan deal but City are ready to sell the former Chelsea and Swansea winger for around £5million.”

That’s about it for today, but we’ll be back here tomorrow morning with your daily dose of rumours, speculation and gossip.

As ever, you’ll read about any confirmed ins or outs at the club this summer on mcfc.co.uk first!



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