Jose Mourinho has always coveted Italian field general Daniele De Rossi.
He tried to sign the midfielder while at both Inter and Real Madrid, and even singled out De Rossi for praise in the early stages of Euro 2012.
With Roma’s American-born president James Pallotta declaring his entire squad is on the market, specifically including a mention of De Rossi, Mourinho has finally found his opening.
Chelsea’s new Portugese manager is preparing a bid for the 29-year-old in the range of €10 million ($13 million), according to Italian media outlet Calcimercatto.
The report says the bid is relatively low, and they’d expect Roma to reject the bid and ask for more.
The bid, however, signals that other clubs have heard Pallotta’s comments and are ready to take him up on the opening.
This could also have an impact on the future of Michael Bradley. No links have been reported for the American, but if De Rossi is made available theoretically it could mean others on the team could garner bids as well.