Arsenal have joined Chelsea's interest in AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi. Despite denials from Roma's coaching staff, De Rossi's future remains clouded with little progress being made over new contract talks.

De Rossi's deal has less than a year to run and Roma's new owners cannot afford to allow the midfielder to rundown his contract and sign a pre-agreement in January.

Gazzetta del Sud says Chelsea and Arsenal are both keeping tabs on developments.

Chelsea's interest has long been known, particularly after losing Michael Essien to knee injury earlier this month. Now Arsenal are also being linked in the Italian media. where De Rossi would be considered a replacement for their unsettled captain Cesc Fabregas.

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