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Chelsea given transfer boost in hunt for Italian star

Daniele De Rossi

Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Daniele De Rossi with the news that the Roma midfielder is set to hold crunch talks with the club regarding his future, according to the Daily Star.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the Italian for the majority of the summer, and reports emerging in Italy suggest a possible breakthrough, with Roma thought to be considering cashing in on the 29-year-old.

The club had previously stated they had no desire to sell the player, but following a takeover from American owners, it is now thought they could be keen to slash the wage bill and De Rossi being one of the club’s highest earners puts the midfielder in a vulnerable position.

Roma’s American president James Pallotta said: “De Rossi? We’ll see. Everybody is on the market, just as they are for the Boston Celtics.”

Roma have realised that now is the prime moment to sell the star – who incidentally turns 30 tomorrow – if they have any desire to receive a substantial fee.

Sources in Italy suggest the club are simply waiting for the right deal to be put forward, and may expect one soon from Chelsea now noises have been made regarding his potential exit.

De Rossi is set to meet with new director general Mauro Baldissoni and Walter Sabatini to discuss his future at the club in the coming days.

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