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.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer talk: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move imminent; Manchester United eye Nathaniel Clyne; Andre Schurrle medical at Wolfsburg
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Kim Sears: Andy Murray defends fiancée's for outburst after a bad-tempered march to final
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures