AS Roma star Daniele de Rossi wants a move to Chelsea. The Mirror says Chelsea will need to pay De Rossi £5.5million-a-year AFTER TAX to match his huge Roma wages.

Jose Mourinho is plotting a bid for the 29-year-old after ­failing to land the ­midfielder for both Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

De Rossi turned down a move to Manchester City last year, but is open to a switch to Chelsea.

A source close to Roma and De Rossi said: "If Mourinho calls, I'm sure De Rossi will say yes.

"He did not want to go to Manchester City, but Chelsea are the club who could take him to England.

"If Chelsea are prepared to pay his wages, then it is a transfer that can happen."