Daniele de Rossi could be heading to Stamford Bridge this summer according to the Daily Mail, after he was left out of Roma's summer training camp.
De Rossi is on extended leave following his involvement in the Confederations Cup, and sources in Italy are saying that this could pave the way for a move to Chelsea.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is a long-time admirer of the Italian midfielder, having tried to sign him during his time in charge of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Added to this is the fact that youngster Oriol Romeu has been loaned out to Valencia for the season and defensive-midfielder John Obi Mikel could well be heading for the exit, leaving Mourinho needing to bolster his midfield options.
The 30-year-old De Rossi is thought to be valued by his club at around £11 million, a fee that is highly unlikely to put Chelsea off.
De Rossi, though usually deployed in a central-midfield role that allows him to get in the thick of the action, can play in more advanced roles or alternatively as a centre-back, a skill that has been utilised by his national side in the past.
Given Mourinho's preference for players who can be effective in multiple positions, and Chelsea's apparent need to strengthen in the middle of the park, De Rossi could well fit the bill better than most.
The Italy midfielder has reportedly confirmed that he will deliver an announcement regarding his future once he has returned from current international duty.
"Right now, I will have two more days with the Azzurri, but then, I will speak on the topic once and for all," De Rossi said.
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