Roma confirm Mutu offer

AS Roma confirmed on Wednesday that they have made an offer for Fiorentina's Romania captain Adrian Mutu.

Rumours had been rife for days that Roma had striker Mutu in their sights, with an offer of between 18-20 million euros suggested. And now the capital-based club have made it official.

"Roma confirms to have made an offer to Fiorentina for the acquisition of Adrian Mutu for the 2008/09 season," said Roma's statement. "We are waiting for a response from Fiorentina in order to start discussions over an eventual transfer."

Reports in the press earlier in the day confirmed that there had been contact between the two clubs.

"I met Roma officials and they passed on their wish to land the player," the reports quoted Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino as telling Italian media.

He added that the club intended to "hold on to important players" but not "by force."

Various reports claimed that Mutu wanted a contract extension until 2013 plus a pay rise, but that the Florence club had only offered a deal until 2012 worth less money.

Claims also suggested that Roma's offer would almost double the salary Mutu is earning at La Viola.

Mutu has been a huge success in Florence over the last two seasons, scoring 17 goals last season and the club finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

He also scored six goals in Fiorentina's march to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, where they lost on penalties to Scottish team Glasgow Rangers.

The 29-year-old was earlier this summer ordered to pay former club Chelsea 12 million euros relating to a failed drugs test during his time in England.