04/07/2013 05:13 BST | Updated 04/07/2013 05:19 BST

Transfer Talk: Chelsea Turn To Daniele De Rossi

With Manchester City likely to further bolster their squad with the arrival of Alvaro Negredo, pressure is mounting on the Barclays Premier League's other contenders to reinforce as the start of their pre-season schedule looms. José Mourinho has already brought in André Schürrle but remains in need of a midfielder. Daniele de Rossi fits the bill.

The problem is the 29-year-old, like fellow Roman Francesco Totti, seems destined to stay in Rome for the duration of his career. De Rossi is linked with a transfer every summer because he could have it so much better, only he seems forever content in the Italian capital.

Chelsea look thin in the middle third of the pitch. John Obi Mikel will be allowed to leave, Frank Lampard is no longer regarded as a first-teamer and the marauding Ramires' forte is not to shield the Blues' back four.

The Mirror value De Rossi at £10 million, which seems extremely low for a midfielder admired across the continent and who signed a five-year deal with the Giallarossi last year. His form with Roma is a shadow of the force few reckoned with under Luciano Spalletti, but a solid Confederations Cup campaign was a reminder of his quality.

Chelsea are also considering whether to make an improved offer for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, after the Canaries rejected a £5m bid earlier this week, write the Guardian.

Thibault Courtois might be on loan to Atlético Madrid permanently at this rate.

Marca claim Real Madrid will delay their bid to sign Tottenham's Gareth Bale until next summer, which we can all be grateful for.

Paulinho's arrival at Spurs eases Scott Parker further towards the edge of the plank, but Harry Redknapp's QPR vessel is hovering into view to offer him salvation, claim the Standard.

Back to City, and they could enter the bidding for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetić, according to the Star. Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the Montenegrin.

And Fiorentina could replace Jovetić with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gómez, still in Bavaria. Gazzetta dello Sport say the Viola have offered £10m but Bayern want £15m.