They disappeared for a while but rumours of Daniele De Rossi signing for Chelsea have resurfaced since Roma left their vice-captain out of their training camp squad in Riscone.
The story has fuelled talk that the Italian international could be making an £11 million switch to Stamford Bridge before the close of the transfer window.
De Rossi has said that he would consider a move to the Premier League in the past but it has been thought that he would not seek to leave his club unless they asked him to leave, and reports in Italy suggest that he will make a statement to clarify his future later this week.
He did take part in the Confederations Cup this summer so it was expected that he would be given extended leave but his position isn’t clear.
Chelsea already have Frank Lampard, Marco van Ginkel, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien and Ramires on their books already whilst the likes of Oscar and Kevin De Bruyne are versatile enough to play in central midfield. As good as he is and I’m definitely a fan of the player, I’m not sure De Rossi would be a necessary signing unless one or two players are leaving.
It would also be hard to imagine the 30-year-old play for anyone other than Roma. He’d be a useful veteran in any squad, but if Jose Mourinho wants to give the likes of van Ginkel fair playing time then he’d need to move Essien on, Mikel or both. I wouldn’t say no to a player of De Rossi’s quality but I cannot see it happening at this stage and don’t think he’s needed anyway.
The last campaign wasn’t one of De Rossi’s best during his time at the Italian club. The Rome side finished sixth in the league last season and De Rossi played 29 games.