Blues scour Serie A

Roma rejected Chelsea bid for De Rossi

August 11, 2009
By Soccernet staff

AS Roma have rejected a big-money offer from Chelsea for midfielder Daniele De Rossi, according to the Italian club.

Daniele De Rossi
GettyImagesDaniele De Rossi: In demand.

Giallorossi official Bruno Conti claims Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti made an approach for the Italy international as he scoured his homeland for players who could improve his squad in the Premier League.

"I've personally had a call from Ancelotti to take the player to Chelsea. But Daniele is untouchable," Conti told Radio Radio. "The offer was of a lot of money, but it has been refused."

Roma president Rosella Sensi has also moved to distance the club from any suggestion that they would be prepared to part with the 26-year-old.

"De Rossi isn't and won't be for sale. He remains with us", she said.

But Roma sold Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool for £20m earlier this month and the club's transfer chief Daniele Prade has not ruled out further departures.

He said: "Will there be other sales? We care about this club and if there will be important offers then yes, there could be more sales. The financial balance is important and if necessary we will bring in more money."

"Chelsea wanted [Daniele] De Rossi, but we turned down their offer," Prade concluded.