Spanish giants Real Madrid are reported to be tracking AS Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi.
According to AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is aware of Roma’s financial worries and is ready to pounce for for the Italian international should they show a willingness to sell.
Real midfield pair Lassana Diarra and Fernando Gago are expected to move on in January, so leaving an opening for De Rossi to fill.
The 27 year-old defensive midfielder has been a personal target for Perez since his previous reign in charge.
It is believed Real Madrid are preparing to launch a bid of €40 million when the transfer window re-opens in January.