New boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are working hard to build the Blues into a championship contender this summer, and it appears the Premier League powerhouse is close to landing a big name this offseason.
According to the Mirror's Martin Lipton, "Mourinho is closing in on" Roma defensive midfield star Daniele de Rossi. Roma recently signed Kevin Strootman, formerly of PSV Eindhoven, according to Lipton, opening the door for the club to potentially move De Rossi.
But while de Rossi isn't a massive name or a goal-scoring machine that would instantly excite Chelsea supporters, he is an experienced player who could offer a lot at Stamford Bridge.
At age 29, De Rossi has seen it all on the international and club stage. Plus, he's in the midst of the prime of his playing career and still has a lot to offer from a physical standpoint as well.
Having made well over 400 appearances for Roma over the past decade-plus, De Rossi is a quality starter, but also a durable one who can hold up in every situation.
A defensive-minded competitor, De Rossi has excelled with the Azzurri over the years, helping the Italians lift the World Cup in Germany in 2006.
Overall, De Rossi is a steady player in midfield, one who can control the ball patiently and win it back just as smoothly.
Chelsea wasn't horrible in defense last season, but the Blues could have been more stout without question. Both Manchester City (34) and Arsenal (37) allowed fewer goals than Chelsea (39) in league play. The good news, only City allowed fewer goals at home than Chelsea last season.
But it's not all about saving goals. De Rossi is also capable of sparking the attack at the back for the Blues. He can ignite the counter attack and move ahead with the ball quickly and comfortably.
De Rossi has scored in 10 percent of his appearances in Serie A over the years, totaling 33 goals in 306 league appearances for Roma dating back to the early 2000s.
The bottom line is that Daniele de Rossi is a reliable, experienced defensive midfielder who can anchor Chelsea's starting lineup in the coming years. He may not show up on the scoreboard, but you can bet he'll find a way to leave his mark on each and every match.
At the moment, it appears more and more likely that Mourinho is going to get his man, and based on what he can bring to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea supporters would have plenty reason to smile.
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