Manchester City are still keen on bringing Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi to the Etihad Stadium, according to reports in Italy.
City have been trailing De Rossi for some time and were linked with the playmaker over the summer, with the Italian international also courting interest from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United.
De Rossi’s current deal with Roma expires in June, and having confirmed contract negotiations have stalled, City are said to be ready to swoop and snap him up on a Bosman in the summer rather than paying a transfer fee for him in January.
"The contract renewal? Things have stopped at the moment," De Rossi told ESPN of his contract talks.
"I'm astonished when I hear talk of an imminent agreement or decisive meetings.”
"Will I leave? Last year I considered the possibility. If I do leave, my first choice would be to go abroad. But, if an agreement to leave Italy cannot be found, I can't stop playing football.
"I want to underline that everyone involved in this situation remains calm." He added.
Calciomercato.it report that Citizens boss Roberto Mancini sent scout Carlo Cancellieri to run the rule over the 28-year-old, who has spent his entire career at the Stadio Olimpico, with Mancini said to be a keen admirer of his talents.
The Italian has a wealth of resources at his disposal in midfield, but is said to be desperate to land the signature of De Rossi ahead of cross-city rivals Manchester United, who are still seeking a creative midfield player following the retirement of Paul Scholes at Old Trafford earlier in the year.