Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole reaches agreement with Roma – report

Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole is set to join Roma on a free transfer, according to a report.

Ashley Cole may have been released by Chelsea at the end of last season, but he still remains a quality player.

Even at the age of 33, Cole can still carry on playing at the top level for a number of years, and it now seems that he would be able to do so.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the former England international has agreed a deal with Roma and will sign a two-year contract, with an option to extend it by 12 more months.

There were offers from MLS as well, but the former Arsenal defender appears to have made his decision to continue playing in Europe.

This has not been confirmed either by Roma or by Cole, but if the report is true, then it would mean a great deal for both the club and the player.

Under coach Rudi Garcia last season, Roma finished second in Serie A and will feature in the group stage of the 2014-15 Champions League campaign.

True, the Giallorossi finished no fewer than 17 points behind eventual champions Juventus, but at one stage they did look like they could truly challenge for the Scudetto.

Roma have a very strong squad that includes Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti, and the addition of Cole, especially on a free contract, will be very useful for them.

For Cole, this deal would also be a good move. The left-back would be able to play in the Champions League and would be challenging for domestic league honours.

And, whatever many people may suggest, Serie A is a very good and competitive domestic league.

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