talkSPORT 8 years ago England 10 0 Manchester City are locked in a battle with Chelsea to clinch the signing of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi. De Rossi, 27, is set to leave the Italian club during the summer as he has just one year left on his current deal and has become unsettled at the Stadio Olimpico. The Italian international is still regarded one of the best midfielders in Europe and would relish the chance to play in the Premier League. Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for De Rossi and see him as the ideal replacement for Michael Essien, who is expected to be out for six months with a knee injury. But reports in Italy suggest that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is also planning a move for the talented midfielder and could blow Chelsea out of the water with a £25m bid.