A lack of midweek action usually means a healthy dose of old stories and storylines dredged up, and so it is the case this week with Chelsea not in action until Sunday, again.
One such story to return is the Alessandro Florenzi contract situation at AS Roma — Corriere dello Sport (via Inside Futbol) with the details this time — as in, he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the club, which he’s been a part of since age 11. Despite that shared history, apparently that decision is becoming more and more difficult with clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United supposedly sniffing around like hungry sharks getting a scent of blood in the water.
As before, there is a strong possibility that this is just a bit of agenting from Florenzi’s agent, creating demand for his player to help gain leverage in contract negotiations. While Roma are certainly not averse to selling some of their best players, surely Florenzi is one of the last members of the squad they’d willingly get rid of at the moment.
Which is too bad, since he could be a very good (and possibly reasonably priced) addition, if not even an upgrade, to Chelsea’s options on the right flank. Plus, once Conte leaves, as expected, Chelsea’s links with various Serie A stars and not-quite-stars will probably dry up, so if we are to dip back into that well, we should probably do it soon.