Yesterday, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted what he claimed was the series of events last summer that ultimately saw Manchester United failing to secure Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
Palmeri claimed United had been interested in the Italian for some time, but failed to make a bid until 20 August, by which time De Rossi had pledged his future to the Serie A side.
The rumour mill is a mysterious thing, with the vast majority of transfer stories never fully – or even partly – explained, whispers neither confirmed nor denied.
But the Daily Star Sunday has published quotes from United boss David Moyes that reveal the English champions were indeed interested in the player, although his take on why they did not move for the player is slightly different to Palmeri’s.
“We certainly did think in the summer about bringing him here,” Moyes is quoted as saying in reference to De Rossi.
“I don’t think it went as far as a bid, because I think there was something to do with a deadline on his contract.
“But yes, he was a player we thought was a good player.”
He certainly as, and his fine form for Roma has played a vital role in their impressive first half of the season.
Given his reported €90million release-clause, perhaps United were never close to signing him. And yet the impression of many Serie A observers is that United had their chance when De Rossi indicated he would be open to a move, and yet that opportunity was ultimately lost.
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