Last Updated: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:59
Roma star Daniele De Rossi has become a realistic January transfer target and reports in Italy claim his agent is in Manchester.
Today's Gazzetta dello Sport claims De Rossi's agent is in England, just a couple of days after Roma admitted they would be willing to listen to offers for their captain in the transfer window.
City were linked to the 26-year-old Italian international, who can play at the back or in midfield, in the summer but his club were not willing to entertain the prospect of losing their star.
Roma sporting director Franco Baldini said yesterday: "In the summer we listened to the proposal from City, but we rejected it.
"If the club returned, we would again listen to their proposal."
City, who signed Javi Garcia from Benfica instead, face competition for De Rossi's signature from Real Madrid, while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apparently urged his club to make a move for the Italian international.
De Rossi remains devoted to the Serie A club and will not move to any other Italian outfit, having come through the youth ranks and been a fan of Roma since childhood.
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