Will Danielle De Rossi be surplus to requirements at City?
By John Fernandez
Danielle De Rossi to Manchester City, stranger things have happened you say?
Well rumours have been circulating the twittersphere over summer that the long-time Roma stalwart, heir to Totti’s crown, could be on his way to the blue side of Manchester.
With City’s squad seemingly well stocked with central midfielders though, where will De Rossi, if his move does come through, fit in?
Euro 2012 saw De Rossi employed at the back as a libero, sweeping up behind the back line and distributing the ball.
So could he line up alongside captain fantastic Vincent Kompany as part of Mancini’s back-4 or more suitably Mancini’s newly tested 3-4-1-2 as one of the centre backs?
Although this is a possibility it appears more likely that Di Rossi will play in his preferred midfield berth alongside the marauding figure of Yaya Touré. Not only will the Italian's play compliment Yaya in City's midfield, De Rossi will also be able to provide natural cover for the towering Ivorian when he leaves for the African Cup of nations early next year.
De Rossi has often been described as the complete midfielder. Contributing effectively, to both the defensive and offensive sides of the game for both club and country.
He is Roma’s vice-captain and is a natural leader on the pitch, having captained the Azzuri on a number of occasions. Should he arrive he would argueably be the ideal figure to place alongside Touré in the heart of the field and would give new purchase Jack Rodwell an ideal character to style his game around, if he is to become the world beater England fans want to see.
The drawbacks of this move though have to be considered. He has legendary status in the city of Rome and any move by the player, especially to the cash-rich Manchester City, could see him lose the addoration of the capital's supporters.
Plus, in a strong City side, there is no-guarantee he will start in some of Mancini’s formations and De Rossi will certainly not be moving to warm the bench after being an ever-present figure for Roma for the last decade.
De Rossi, though, is perfectly suited to English football and has discussed his desire to play in the Premier League on a number of occassions during his career. His strong physique and the physical nature of his game mean that, unlike a number of foreign imports, De Rossi should adapt quickly to the aggressive style of football played across the channel.
If he does leave it will be for a premium, but for Manchester City and their blank chequebook, money won’t be an issue. The issue is, whether De Rossi will want to swap Rome for the North-West and whether Roma will let him leave.
Sergio Agüero’s injury may force Mancini’s hand early on this move, but one thing can be certain. If De Rossi moves to the Etihad, the City faithful will be receiving a world class talent capable of driving them forward towards another title.