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Ashley Cole transfer latest: Left-back heading to Italy for talks with Roma

The left-back is out of contract after leaving Chelsea and the Italian club are favourites to secure his signature

Ashley Cole is heading to Italy for talks with Roma over a two-year deal, according to reports.

The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Chelsea following an eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and a host of MLS franchises.

But it is now thought that Roma, who will play in the Champions League next season after finishing in second position in Serie A, are favourites to secure his signature.

The Daily Mail say that Cole is due to fly in to Rome for talks with Roma officials to discuss a two-year contract, although there is no reason to suggest that a deal will be struck imminently.

Cole has been on an extended holiday in the USA following his omission from England's World Cup squad and subsequent international retirement, and it was thought that he may be tempted to join a club over the other side of the Atlantic.

Cole, who won 107 caps for England before announcing his retirement after failing to get into the World Cup squad, played more than 300 games for Chelsea, winning eight major trophies for the Blues.


He won the league and cup double in 2010, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013.