Chelsea dealt a major blow in pursuit of 26-year-old versatile midfielder

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Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a huge transfer blow in their pursuit of AS Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi.

According to Calciomercato, Alessandro Florenzi who has been recently rumoured with a switch to Chelsea set to sign a new contract with the Italian giants.

Florenzi has joined the AS Roma youth academy at the age of 11 back in 2002 and gradually progressed through the ranks of the Italian setup till 2012 . After a successful loan spell at Crotone, Florenzi has finally established himself at Stadio Olimpico.

Since then, Italian midfielder has gone from strength to strength with the Serie A outfit, and now has been also regular for the country. This term, the player has made 16 appearances in all competitions for As Roma scoring one goal and assisting twice.

His exploits have not gone unnoticed, with Florenzi has appeared on the radar of hosts of European giants including defending Premier League champions, with Antonio Conte is keen on to sign Italian midfielder.

However, Chelsea have been dealt a huge transfer blow in their pursuit of Florenzi, with the player is reportedly closing in on a new five-year deal.