Manchester United are allegedly pursuing Daniele De Rossi as his future with Roma hangs in the balance.
According to reports, the Italian is growing increasingly frustrated with life at the Stadio Olimpico and is eyeing a fresh start elsewhere - something attributed to off-field traumas.
The Telegraph continues to report that De Rossi - who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 - has urged his representatives to sound out Manchester United over a proposed move; something which he is seriously 'considering'.
Indeed, it appears that De Rossi would be open to a move to Old Trafford after he was quoted revealing his displeasure at his current situation in the Italian capital.
He said: "For a year and a half, the things I’ve heard that have given me the most pride have come from outside Rome. I have had moments at a low ebb, in which I wasn’t at my best. Do I feel wounded?
"Yes, but I don’t want to play the victim, I don’t want people to come and tell me how great I am. The wound will heal itself. Then, everyone makes his own assessments."
Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be a long-term admirer of De Rossi and may be willing to offer an exit route - although the United boss would reportedly have to part with £18 million in order to land the fiery Italian.
United would allegedly rather sign players with a greater potential sell on value than the 27-year-old, although Ferguson is still seemingly likely to explore the potential of bringing the Rome native to Old Trafford.