Major League Soccer could be about to acquire another star Italian international in a move that would come as a huge shock to football fans everywhere.
According to reports from Corriere dello Sport, relayed here by MLS' official website, AS Roma star and Italy stalwart Daniele de Rossi could be set to make a move to North America in the very near future.
The defensive midfielder has interest from a handful of MLS sides and bringing in De Rossi would be a gargantuan coup for the league itself as well as the team that signs him.
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According to the article, Orlando City, Toronto FC and New York City FC are the team's clamouring for De Rossi's signature, teams where the Italian could potentially be linking up with Brazilian star Kaka, international teammate Sebastian Giovinco or World Cup winner David Villa, respectively.
The 31-year old has spent his whole career at the Rome side and any move away from the Giallorossi would be a completely unexpected one. The common consensus seemed to be that De Rossi would follow in the footsteps of fellow Roma legend Francesco Totti and be a lifer at the Stadio Olimpico.
This isn't the first time that rumours linking De Rossi to Major League Soccer have surfaced. In 2013, he was quoted as saying that he loved the USA and had been to New York alone over 20 times, sparking speculation about his future.
"I feel great here, as usual. It's a country I love," De Rossi said. "It's a fantastic experience just to live in this country … As far as life, society and organization, for me it's 10 years ahead of Italy and Europe."
The dominating midfielder, a general in the middle of the park, has made nearly 350 league appearances for the club since making his debut for the senior team in 2001. In addition to this, De Rossi has 100 career caps for Italy, was a part of the Italian side that won the 2006 World Cup and has appeared in two more World Cups and two European Championships.
American soccer fans will best know De Rossi for famously getting himself sent off after elbowing United States striker Brian McBride in the face at the aforementioned 2006 tournament.
De Rossi was Roma's saviour at the weekend, scoring the winner as they struggled to a 1-0 victory against 19th placed Cesena. Roma currently sit 2nd in Serie A, a massive 14 points behind league leaders Juventus.