AS Roma star Daniele de Rossi is eager to hear from Chelsea about a move to London.

De Rossi is in Chelsea's sights as a replacement for Michael Essien, who broke down with a knee injury in preseason training last week.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing a replacement signing and Mediaset says De Rossi is in his sights.

The midfield powerhouse is inside the final year of his current Roma deal and baulking at agreeing new terms with sports director Walter Sabatini.

Intermediaries say De Rossi can expect to earn €6.5 million-a-year at Chelsea and the Italy ace is keen to hear what Villas-Boas has to say.

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Chelsea transfer market news and gossip.