Manchester United and Manchester City are the leading candidates to sign Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi before the summer transfer deadline, it has been claimed.

Chelsea have also been linked with De Rossi but, according to SportsDirect News, Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium would be the most likely destination for the Italy international.

Jose Mourinho has shelved his interest in the player to focus on alternative targets, which is likely to intensify the apparent battle between the Manchester duo for the signature of the 30-year-old.

De Rossi's future with Roma is in doubt following the appointment of Rudi Garcia as the club's manager, and the capital club would reportedly listen to offers of £15-20 million the Stadio Olimpico legend.

Manchester United's want for midfield reinforcements has been well-documented and their seemingly futile pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas may lead David Moyes to make a formal approach for De Rossi.

The Premier League champions have failed in two bids to acquire the services of Fabregas, having initially been unable to pip Bayern Munich to the signing of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.

De Rossi may offer a different proposition for Manchester United to Fabregas or Thiago, but his experience could prove vital following the retirement of Paul Scholes at the end of last season.

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