Real Madrid have made an opening bid for AS Roma star Daniele de Rossi. Yesterday, Roma GM Franco Baldini declared they were willing to listen to offers for the midfielder ahead of the January market.

Sportmediaset says Real have been quick to act, slapping in an opening €25 million offer for De Rossi. Manchester City are also expected to compete for the Italy ace's signature ahead of the winter transfer window.

Four years ago, Real president Florentino Perez had a €50 million offer for De Rossi turned down.