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Chelsea to make opening £18M bid for Roma star De Rossi

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas is ready to make an opening bid for AS Roma star Daniele de Rossi.

The Daily Star says Villas Boas is preparing to offer £18m for De Rossi.

Fears over the future of Michael Essien has prompted Villas-Boas to sign a world class midfielder.

Essien is fighting to save his career after a third serious knee injury in three years - and De Rossi is seen as the man to take his place in midfield.

The Italian International, who has only has a year left on his contract, has become disillusioned with life at the Olympic Stadium.

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