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23/03/2011 09:00

Papers: De Rossi eyes OT

De Rossi keen to make £18m move to Manchester United
Daniele De Rossi’s representatives have sounded out Manchester United to establish whether the Premier League leaders would consider an £18million move for the Roma midfielder this summer. The 27 year-old, who has played 63 times for Italy, is considering leaving the Serie A side he has supported since childhood after a turbulent three years in which his father-in-law was shot and killed in a gangland revenge attack and he separated from his wife, Tamara. United, like Real Madrid, hold a longstanding interest in the Roma vice-captain but have been consistently informed that he would not consider leaving the club where he started his career and his father, Alberto, remains a youth team coach. Both clubs have now been informed, though, that De Rossi is prepared to leave the Italian capital in a bid to escape the troubles that have enveloped his life away from the game. Jose Mourinho, the Real manager, is thought to be keen to pair the player with Xabi Alonso, while Sir Alex Ferguson will be given funds this summer to strengthen his squad, with a replacement for Paul Scholes, along with a goalkeeper and a central defender, likely to be a priority. Though his age and price may not appeal to United’s desire to bring in players with high resale values, De Rossi’s undisputed quality would tempt Ferguson, who has struggled to settle on a central midfield partnership in recent years.
Rory Smith, Daily Telegraph

The Telegraph say Sir Alex is also believed to be looking into the possibility of signing Shakhtar Donetsk's Douglas Costa and Blackpool's Charlie Adam.

The Daily Mail discusses a possible United departure with Galatasaray reportedly keen to sign United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. The paper also claim the Reds will monitor Desportivo Brasil midfielder Rafael Leao, 17, who trained with the club last week, and also say United are outlining a deal for 16-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile.

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