Chelsea plotting January move for 29-year-old Atalanta midfield star

Chelsea head-coach Frank Lampard may allegedly identify Atalanta BC playmaker Marten de Roon as a potential transfer target when the transfer window will be re-opened in January.

The West London club were unable to finalise a deal for West Ham United’s Declan Rice during the closing days of current transfer window, taking the gloss off an otherwise productive period in the market.

While the Blues remain interested in securing the services of England international, their recent financial outlay leaves their boss contemplating other players ahead of next campaign.

A report in the Daily Express claimed that the West Londoners may take an interest in Atlanta midifelder De Roon, who has rebuilt his career back in the Italian top-tier after a season-long spell at Championship outfits Middlesbrough during 2016-17.

The 29-year-old has played a vital role in Atalanta’s impressive form last season as they managed to finish season on top four for the second consecutive time founding back of the net eight times from 107 games in the Italian top-tier.

The Netherlands international is yet to agree terms over a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in 2021.