Roma offered Chelsea striker Ba

The Premier League club are holding out for an offer of €15 million for the forward, whose representatives have made contact with the Serie A high-flyers about a move
By Luca Momblano

Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been offered to Roma despite Arsenal's ongoing interest in signing the player in January, Goal understands.

Ba joined Chelsea from Newcastle last January but has failed to cement a regular first-team place under either Rafa Benitez or Jose Mourinho.

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Representatives of the Senegal international have been in touch with the Serie A club, who made an enquiry for the 28-year-old in the summer.

The Blues want €15 million for Ba, just less than double what they paid for him almost a year ago, but Roma are unlikely to be interested at that price.

Arsenal, meanwhile, maintain an interest in Ba but as was the case in the summer, when Mourinho blocked his potential move to the Emirates and instead sent Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton, Chelsea are unwilling to sell to a direct rival for the Premier League title.

Ba has scored three times in 12 appearances this season, including the winner in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Steaua Bucharest, but has started only two Premier League games this season.

Roma began the season with a record 10 consecutive victories but have drawn four of their last five matches and have slipped to second in the Seria A standings, three points behind leaders Juventus.