Manchester United have seen an official €12million bid for AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi rejected by the Serie 'A' club, according to Italian publication Corriere Della Serra.
The reigning Premier League champions are understood to be long-term admirers of the Italy international, and have made a last-ditch attempt to lure him to England, just days before the close of the transfer window.
As David Moyes continues his search for one marquee signing at Old Trafford this summer, the Manchester United boss will more than likely have to turn his attention to alternative targets, with the 30-year-old keen to stay at Stadio Olimpico.
In a summer of transition, Roma boss Rudi Garcia has allowed a number of first-team regulars leave the club, most notably last season's top goalscorer Dani Osvaldo, Marquinhos and Maarten Stekelenburg.
Osvaldo and Stekelenburg have both swapped Serie 'A' for the Premier League with respective moves to Southampton and Fulham, but De Rossi will not be following suit, as the Italian remains committed to his current club.
Manchester United won't give up easily on the midfielder, though, after former England manager Fabio Capello - who knows De Rossi well from his time in charge of Roma - gave a strong recommendation about his potential to excel in the Premier League.