Manchester City are set to double Daniele De Rossi’s wages in an attempt to lure him to the Etihad, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
It’s believed that City are set to offer £20 million for the Italian international despite new Roma boss Luis Enrique claiming De Rossi is integral to his plans.
De Rossi is understood to want to continue with his hometown club, however contract negotiations have slowed in recent weeks.
The 27-year-old hard man is believed to currently be on nearly £70,000 a week at Roma but rumours suggest that De Rossi and Roma are some £25,000 a week apart in their contract negotiations.
City, meanwhile, are understood to be willing to offer De Rossi more than £150,000 a week in wages to pry him away from his boyhood club and bring him to Eastlands.
With the reported £1.3 million annual difference in offer and demand between Roma and De Rossi, and the Italian star only having one year remaining on his contract, it’s believed that Roma are prepared to part with De Rossi rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
And with the offer seemingly on the table from City, and the prospect of challenging for the Champions League and Barclays Premier League every season, the opportunity might prove too enticing for De Rossi to remain in Rome.
De Rossi joined Roma’s youth academy in 2000 before making his first-team debut in 2001 in a Champions League match against Anderlecht. He’s made 357 appearances in all competitions, scoring 43 times.