Premier League champions Manchester United continue to hunt midfield signings this summer, with Italy international Daniele De Rossi the latest reported target. David Moyes's pursuit of the 30-year-old AS Roma star has been boosted by good reports from former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Fabio Capello.
The Express believes Moyes has submitted a £10m bid for the player but this has been rejected. The report indicates that De Rossi has come to enjoy an excellent working relationship with new Roma coach Rudi Garcia and had United approached him earlier in the summer, a deal might well have been possible.
A transfer is still possible, according to reports from Italy, but this will only happen if De Rossi himself informs the club of his availability.
De Rossi was linked with a £10m move to west London in July, after reports emerged connecting Jose Mourinho and the midfielder. Mourinho's admiration for De Rossi is no secret; the Portuguese was keen on signing the player during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu but he failed to complete a deal with the Giallorossi.
Since then, Mourinho appears to have dropped his interest in De Rossi, with a host of midfielders signing on; the list includes Brazilian forward Willian, Dutch international Marco Van Ginkel and German youngster Andre Schürrle.
De Rossi is a product of Roma's youth system, has made over 400 appearances for the club and is very highly thought of by the club's fans.
United, however, continue to look for bodies in the centre of the park, following Paul Scholes's second retirement and Darren Fletcher's continuing medical problems. The champions have been thwarted in attempts to sign either one of Cesc Fabregas or Thiago Alcantara, with the latter opting to join Bayern Munich and the former remaining with Spanish champions Barcelona.
At present, any hopes of signing De Rossi appear to be slim. And Moyes's transfer woes have continued with a bid for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera also rejected; the Mirror quotes the Basque club's president as confirming a bid but saying interested parties will have to pay the full release clause in the 24-year-old midfielder's contract.