Real Madrid have joined Manchester City in the battle for AS Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi. De Rossi is off contract in June and baulking at agreeing new terms with Roma, which want a decision from him before the market shuts this month.

Corriere dello Sport says Roma's latest proposal, which includes a €25 million buyout clause, has been rejected by De Rossi.

City are prepared to bid for him now - and Real are also keen, with De Rossi having been a long-term target for their president Florentino Perez.