Why Aren't FC Barcelona Interested in Daniele De Rossi?

Claudio Villa

If the rumours are to be believed, Italian international Daniele De Rossi may be on the brink of leaving AS Roma -- at a very affordable price. So why aren't Barcelona interested?

It's the 10th of June 2012, and Italy are ready to take on Spain in the opening match of Group C in the 2012 UEFA European Championships. The Italians are huge underdogs, not only for the match, but the competition in general and in Cesare Prandelli, they have a relatively untested manager, at least at this level of the game. The team-news emerges out of Poland, and Prandelli has seemingly opted for a three-man defense that includes Daniele De Rossi – who made his name as a tough-tackling defensive midfielder. All signs point to a Spanish victory, but when the final whistle goes in Gdansk, it is the Italians who are celebrating. They have held the reigning European and World Champions to a surprise draw – thanks to a typically pragmatic performance, spearheaded by the defensive work of Daniele De Rossi.

Now, fast-forward roughly a year, and the very same Daniele De Rossi is linked with a move to Chelsea, for an absurdly low €10 million (h/t to fellow SBN Blog, We Ain’t Got No History).

Sure, it’s just a rumour so the price might be wrong and the player might not be willing to leave, but on the off-chance that there is a grain of truth in this story, why aren’t Barcelona interested? At €10 million, this deal would be incredibly affordable for the Blaugrana – and in De Rossi, Barça would gain a player who is genuinely capable of playing in a number of positions. A defensive midfielder by trade, De Rossi could equally fill in at centre-midfield – providing the kind of balance and strength that we haven’t seen in the Barcelona midfield since Seydou Keita departed for Dalian Aerbin. With Thiago Alcântara considering a possible exit from the Camp Nou, a place might just be opening up in our midfield rotation – who better than De Rossi to fill that role?

And that’s without considering De Rossi as a makeshift (or even regular) centre-half. Faced with the option of purchasing David Luiz, for a fee in excess of €25 million, potentially going without a centre-half for another season (and all that entails...ahem, Adriano), or possibly nabbing a bargain in De Rossi, I know what I’d prefer...

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