The rumor mill continues to position Chelsea on the constant verge of dipping into the talent pool at the Giallorossi (ed. note: alas, still not Stephan El Shaarawy). After being heavily linked to Kostas Manolas and Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko, and acquiring Antonio Rüdiger and Emerson Palmieri, Chelsea are now one of the clubs interested in midfielder Alessandro Florenzi as per a report from Corriere dello Sport (via Inside Futbol).
Florenzi was briefly linked last summer, but now with just 18 months left on his contract, decision time is quickly approaching for either an extension, or for Roma, who certainly would qualify as a selling club over the past several years, to cash in.
Florenzi is known not only for his tenacity and hard-working style, but also for his versatility. The 26-year-old is comfortable in just about any position in midfield as well as anywhere up and down the right flank. The native Roman, who’s been with the Giallorossi since age 11, has been a key player for them for half a decade, save for last season, which was interrupted by a cruciate ligament injury. Now back healthy, Florenzi continues to be ever-present in Eusebio di Francesco’s lineups and serves as the team’s Vice-captain as well.
If all this is starting to sound like an agent ploy to put some pressure on Roma as they negotiate over a new deal, you’re probably not wrong. In addition to Chelsea and Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and even Barcelona have been thrown into the mixer.
Still, Chelsea have had decent success while shopping in Italy recently, though the links to Florenzi and any of his other Serie A cohorts would surely die down if (when) Antonio Conte does eventually meet his Chelsea end.