Chelsea In Preliminary Talks Ahead of Move to Sign £15m Rated Italian International Daniele De Rossi

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Jose Mourinho will look to make the Italian midfielder one of his first signings.

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Chelsea have opened talks with Roma to sign Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi according to

New boss Jose Mourinho has made De Rossi one of his top transfer targets and Chelsea are ready to bid £15 million for the combative midfielder.

Mourinho is known to be a huge admirer of De Rossi and sees the Italian as the centre of a new look Chelsea midfield.

De Rossi has struggled this season for Roma and even lost his starting place in the Italian sides midfield.

Chelsea will have no problem paying the transfer fee for De Rossi but could struggle with the players wages.

He is currently one of the highest earners in Serie A earning a reported £5.1 million a year.

De Rossi has been admired around Europe for many years, with Manchester City close to signing him last year before he committed to another season at Roma.

However it now appears that De Rossi could leave the club he has been with all his career.

The player is thought to want a fresh challenge and the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

If De Rossi arrives at Stamford Bridge he will have to compete for a midfield place with Frank Lampard, who recently signed a one year contract extension with Chelsea.

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