So the transfer ban imposed on Chelsea is not going to stop them looking at other players, and it is not going to stop the rumous popping up in the papers either by the looks of it!
According to todays Mail, Chelsea are keeping tabs on the Roma midfielder Daniel De Rossi, who they apparently tried to buy this summer.
The report said: Carlo Ancelotti is keeping track of Daniele De Rossi amid reports that the Italy midfielder is growing increasingly concerned by Roma’s problems.
Chelsea had a bid for the 26-year-old rejected in the summer and, after also failing to land AC Milan’s Andrea Pirlo, Ancelotti may be keen to maintain contact with De Rossi.
The Blues are hampered by a ban on transfer activity until January 2011, but hope to get a lighter punishment on appeal.
Real Madrid also moved for De Rossi in the summer, but his financially struggling employers rejected all bids and were backed by the hometown hero indicating that he would be happy to stay at the Olympic Stadium for life.
However, his mood is said to have changed amid further turmoil in the Italian capital.
A proposed takeover that would have eased Roma’s debts never materialised and popular head coach Luicano Spalletti resigned at the start of this month after defeats in the opening two Serie A matches of the season.
Roma failed to adequately replace Alberto Aquilani, who was sold to Liverpool for £20million, and De Rossi is said to be wondering if it also now time to leave.
His club have apparently rejected bids above £30m in the past, but may have to reconsider their position if he softens his commitment to the cause.
There are a hell of a lot of maybe’s in there. The Daily Mail are probably the worst of the bunch for making up transfer rumours, so i think we can safely say that this is a load of codswallop!