Chelsea set to capture De Rossi and Bruma
Chelsea look set to capture the signing of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and highly rated 18 year old Bruma from Sporting Lisbon who has already drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho is keen on the £10million rated Italian who has endured something of a dip in popularity in Serie A last season after failing to help Roma to a European spot this season and the 30 year old is wary of losing his place in the Italian national side ahead of the World Cup.
Roma president James Pallotta has ignited rumours that the player who began his career at the club could be set for a departed by telling reporters, “everybody is on the market.”
John Obi Mikel has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge for Turkish giants Galatasaray and Mourinho sees De Rossi as an upgrade on the Nigerian having attempted to sign the defensive midfielder for Real Madrid last summer.
An offer of £8.5million has already been made for De Rossi but it is thought that Chelsea will have to go to around £10million to get the deal over the line.
Bruma is also likely to be relatively straight forward as the starlet is set for meetings with club officials when he returns this week from impressing at the Under 20 World Cup with Turkey.
The outcome of the talks are thought to be a forgone conclusion with the club resigned to selling him and Chelsea the only club to comeback with an offer above £15million for the player.
“I will talk with my lawyer when I arrive in Lisbon to see what he has to tell me,” Bruma told Antena 1. “I am calm. I want to keep working and growing as a player.”
The young winger began the season in Sporting’s reserve side but has impressed enough to make himself a first team regular by the end of the season and showed his ability again this summer by scoring five in three games at the World Cup before being knocked out in the round of 16.
Manchester City have also registered their interest in the player but club director Txiki Begiristain is concentrating more on building a first team squad capable of challenging for honours before spending big on youngsters.