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Decisive Days for De Rossi and Roma

It may be his 30th birthday, but it's business and usual between Daniele De Rossi and Roma. With a friendly between the two sides weeks away, the Chelsea connections show no signs of abating, making the timing of the latest DeRossi summit rather conspicuous.

Giuseppe Bellini

Today's quick smattering of Roman rumors is just that--a smattering. With the season weeks away and actual tactics and formations being put into motion, the rumors appear to have subsided, as the same sampling of names are being mentioned in connection with Roma.

At this point, there is precious little to settle; Roma needs a keeper, a striker, possibly a fullback and obviously your requisite teenager to organize Pablo Osvaldo's social calendar.

So let's take a break from celebrating DDR's Dirty 30 and digest today's rumors...

De Rossi Meets The New Boss

Daniele De Rossi's may turn 30 today, but the next few years of his life may be settled within the next ten days. De Rossi returned to Trigoria ostensibly to train with his new teammates, but the order of the day appears to be a meeting with new GM Baldissoni. With Chelsea still interested in his services, one would imagine that Daniele's possible departure for London is the prime objective of this summit.

This is really the shit or get off the pot moment for Roma and De Rossi. At age 30, De Rossi's market value isn't likely to increase, so if they're going to sell him, they'd be best served to do it now! But, he's still an incredible player, so if Roma's stated ambitions are true, DDR is precisely the type of asset a team with its eyes on Europe needs at its disposal.

And all this goes down with a friendly against Chelsea looming on the about fortuitous timing.

Sabatini Gone for Gervinho

Every year there seems to be a player or two that our manager du jour desperately (if not inexplicably) wants. In the past its been such luminaries as Bojan and Panagiotis Tachtsidis, this summer Rudi Garcia seems to be transfixed on Gervinho. If nothing else, he'd be the latest in a long line of interesting hair styles to saunter their way into the Olimpico

Borriello Bound for Inter?

Of course, if one largely unwanted striker is coming in, one fan favorite/lothario must go. With his wages reportedly the stumbling block in the much rumored Alberto Gilardino swap, Marco Borriello might find himself playing for Walter Mazzarri and Inter this coming season. Marco scored a dozen goals in 28 appearances last year, so his one skill (on the pitch) is still very much alive.

AS Roma Turn Down € 12 million Valencia Offer for Osvaldo

This one came down yesterday, but Walter and Friends are apparently holding firm to their €20m valuation of a player for whom they seemingly have no use nor patience. Unless he accepts a move to Southampton, that twenty million figure might remain a pie in the sky.

De Sanctis Move Drawing Closer

With Napoli reaching a deal with former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, Morgan De Sanctis is free to leave, presumably for Roma.

Endogan Adili to A.S. Roma?

With Roma and Nacional Montevideo seemingly at an impasse over the Nico Lopez late fees/Gonzalo Bueno loan fiasco, Walter has turned his eye for youth towards class of '94 Swiss playmaker Endogan Adili. So if you have the hankering for a Swiss Sebastian Giovinco, Adili, who stands a mere 170cm, might be your man. But he also has some Turkish in him, so let's pretend he's Mesut Ozil instead.

Totti's Reading Habits

Well, we'll chalk up his willful neglect of his own church to his inability to read English.