Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Roma Move for Demba Ba May Spark Wayne Rooney Deal

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2013

Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham could soon become tangled in a transfer triumvirate sparked by Roma’s interest in Demba Ba, which is reported by L’Equipe via Eurosport on Wednesday.

Roma are said to be in London to discuss multiple transfer deals, with Chelsea striker Ba on the agenda as a potential replacement for Spurs target Erik Lamela.

L’Equipe reports that Roma are currently in the English capital to negotiate with Spurs over the future of £29 million-rated forward Lamela, who is tipped by the Daily Mail to move to White Hart Lane by the end of the week.

TMW also provides details on Roma’s transfer activity via Football Italia, with Roma potentially set to offload three players while returning to Italy with the signature of Ba.

Roma are discussing Erik Lamela and Marco Borriello in London, but also a bid for Chelsea’s Demba Ba.

Giallorossi director of sport Walter Sabatini is in London for several different negotiations with Premier League clubs. He is listening to Tottenham’s €35 million proposal for Argentine forward Lamela and possibly also midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Borriello is discussed with Fulham for a loan move to Craven Cottage.

According to TMW, Roma are also looking to bring a player back from this trip, as they are targeting Chelsea hitman Ba.

Should the Lamela-to-Spurs and Ba-to-Roma deals come to fruition, it would give Chelsea the ideal platform on which to make one last effort to lure Wayne Rooney from Manchester United to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues currently have a plethora of forward options for the lone striker role, with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Ba all contesting one spot in the Chelsea lineup.

Torres got the nod in the opening game of the season against Aston Villa, while Lukaku was the most impressive of the three players during Chelsea’s preseason.

However, Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that he wishes to complete his Chelsea jigsaw with the capture of United forward Rooney, who is expected to become the subject of a £40 million offer before the end of the transfer window.

Speaking back in mid-July, Mourinho was quoted by BBC Sport saying: “We want the player. Now it's up to Manchester United." 

He then delivered an update last week on his pursuit of Rooney, which has so far seen two bids rejected, saying in the Independent: “We will see what happens, not just with us, with Man United, with everybody else, and see if we can improve our squad, a squad that I like.”

On Tuesday Mourinho confirmed via Sky Sports Chelsea’s intention to make further approaches for their main target, although he opted not to name Rooney specifically in order to avoid a backlash from United.

We trust a lot in our project for the future because the team is very, very young. But we have conditions to try and improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that until the end.

When you think that you'd like to have one player and the market is open, then official bids are not forbidden. Official bids are always accepted in an ethical way.

Rooney made an impressive impact off the bench in United’s opening game of the season, providing two assists, and he faces the possibility of playing against his prospective new employers when the champions host Chelsea on Monday.