St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Chelsea

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 0 West Ham

Friday, 26 December 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Cole arrives for Roma talks

Former Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole has arrived in Italy for talks with Roma officials.

Last Updated: 07/07/14 at 17:16 Post Comment

Roma tweeted this photo of Ashley Cole arriving in the Italian capital

Roma tweeted this photo of Ashley Cole arriving in the Italian capital

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release by the Blues earlier this summer and has been linked with a number of teams, both in the Premier League and in Europe.

However, he looks set to sign for Roma after flying out to the Italian capital, with the Serie A side posting a photo on their official Twitter feed, with the message: "Welcome to Rome, Ashley!".

According to the Italian media, Cole is poised to put pen to paper a two-year deal worth around £1.82m, with an option for a third season as Roma look to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the UEFA Champions League.

Cole signed for Chelsea in a controversial move from rivals Arsenal in 2006 for £5m and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club.

He lifted the Premier League under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, before clinching the 2012 Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo, as well as the 2013 Europa League with Rafa Benitez, and five FA Cups.

Cole has also made 107 appearances for England, but announced his retirement from international football ahead of the World Cup after he was left out of Roy Hodgson's squad for the finals in Brazil.

Roma are also close to signing Fenerbahce's Salih Ucan, with the 20-year-old midfielder set to sign a two-year loan deal with an option to buy for a reported fee of around £8.73m.

See Roma in Champions League action next season on Sky Sports 5 - a new channel dedicated to European football. 

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property