Manchester City face a major battle to prise Daniele De Rossi away from AS Roma.

Reports suggest City have offered De Rossi a stunning €9 million-a-year - net - to quit Roma this summer.

However, before the offer arrived, De Rossi had confided to friends he was searching for a new apartment in Rome, with his current homebase proving too noisy.

De Rossi also has just bought a penthouse on the seafront in Ostia.

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