Earlier on in the week, we had news from Italy that Chelsea had been in contact with As Roma over the potential availability of Daniele de Rossi. I didn't really mind that idea, assuming the de Rossi came reasonably cheaply and wasn't expected to be a first-team starter, but the €15-20 million figure being thrown around didn't make me particularly happy.
And some recent updates make it look even less likely that the midfielder will be moving to the Bridge for anything less than daylight robbery:
At the moment, June 2, De Rossi still not keen to leave Roma.Nothing against Chelsea,but won't move unless Roma will deliberately ask him to— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 2, 2013
Unless Roma really, really want to get his wages off the books, all of the leverage is in their hands, and they can hold out for their stupidly-high valuation. Chelsea probably shouldn't go much above €10 million, considering the salary numbers that he can command. That means there's not much to negotiate, and I really hope the Blues don't want de Rossi badly enough to pay through the nose. Considering their transfer policy, that prospect seems unlikely.
This rumour's probably about to die.