Roma Stalwart Daniele De Rossi Tops Chelsea Wish-List – Report

Chelsea are looking to continue their midfield bolstering with the acquisition of the coveted battler.
Chelsea secured their first major transfer of the summer window with Monday's £18 million purchase of Russia international Yuri Zhirkov, but look set to embark on their own wave of Galactico recruiting as a report in an Italian newspaper intimates that the Stamford Bridge side harbour ambitious hopes of landing Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi .

Il Romanista claims Carlo Ancelotti would prefer the midfield hardman over deep-lying Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo, a player whose credentials are familiar to the Italian tactician as they spent many seasons together at the San Siro.

Roma chief Bruno Conti dashed any notion of an easy switch when he baulked at a €46 million bid from Real Madrid. Chelsea sponsor Roman Abramovich would therefore have to pen a large cheque in order to tempt the Roman outfit. Conti said last week, "De Rossi isn't worth €46 million, he's worth much, much more."

De Rossi and Pirlo have not been the only Serie A representatives to be linked to the Blues. Inter full-back Maicon is also apparently on Ancelotti's shortlist as current right-back Jose Bosingwa is receiving admiring glances from Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich.

Alan Dawson,