Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to sign Daniele De Rossi during his spells in charge of Inter and Real Madrid, and had he been successful then the Roma captain would surely have been an excellent purchase.
However the Chelsea manager is apparently once again keen to sign De Rossi this summer, and this time the 29-year-old might not be such a good purchase.
De Rossi is clearly still a fine player, but he had perhaps his worst year at Roma last season, and given both the high transfer fee Roma will demand, and De Rossi’s extravagant wages, Chelsea might be bettered served looking elsewhere.
The midfielder will likely cost around £15million, and is currently paid £5.5million per year after tax, which would be a steep sum for even Chelsea to match.
If he was five years younger, then Chelsea might feel De Rossi was worth every penny, but the midfielder turns 30 this summer, meaning the Blues could be tied into an expensive long contract for a player with little resale value.
De Rossi also had a mixed season last year, falling out of favour with Zdenek Zeman and struggling to maintain his best form. This is no doubt part of the reason why the Italian club would be willing to let him leave this summer, especially considering his mammoth wages.
Mourinho is keen to bring in an enforcer in midfield to help improve Chelsea’s defensive record, with John Obi Mikel not always comfortable in the role and likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
De Rossi would fit the mould, and his tenacity and leadership skills are excellent, but for £15million Chelsea could be looking at a younger player to fill the role in their team for several years to come.
Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia is reportedly a target, as is Benfica’s Nemanja Matic. Although Matic would be more expensive than De Rossi, his wages would be far lower, and at 24, he will hit his peak whilst at Chelsea.
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