Premier League outfit Chelsea are weighing up a £10m bid for AS Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, according to the Mirror.
The 29-year-old has been a fan favourite for the past decade since he joined the club back in 2001 and has been tipped as a future captain, but was only halted by the ever-long career of club-legend Francesco Totti.
However his legendary stature has been shot after the club failed to get into the Europa League last season, and he is now being questioned by the fans.
Not only did the fans fall out with the midfielder, the ex-manager Zdenek Zeman also had a falling out with the Italian as well, but was then later sacked by the club.
With his future in doubt, it looks like it is Chelsea who are ready to make the first formal bid for the midfield hardman.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is eager to strengthen his midfield and is in search for a holding-defensive midfielder as his focus has turned to the Roma midfielder.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with a move to Galatasaray looking likely, so Mourinho is keen to sign a replacement with De Rossi topping his list.
Mourinho has previously tried to buy De Rossi for his Inter Milan and Real Madrid side's, but has failed on both occasions, while Roberto Mancini was also desperate to capture him for his Manchester City team, but the Italian refused to leave his boyhood club.
However, after his apparent fall-out, he might be willing to leave now.
Roma's president James Pallotta has already confirmed that his whole squad is on the transfer list after they failed to reach either of the European competitions for next season, so Mourinho could finally sign his man.
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