TRIO CHASE SAMBA STAR CAFU
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 30-year-old full back, who is currently out of the league leaders first-team, is highly-regarded within Serie A and Giallorossi coach Fabio Capello is aware that a number of clubs would be interested in signing him.
Cafu, who joined the Roman giants in 1997 from Palmeiras, has established himself as one of their key performers and he is contracted to the club until 2003, but Roma maybe prepared to let the player leave if it makes good business sense.
The World Cup winner almost joined Parma before opting for Roma in 1997 and they would be favourites to land the star as Inter have Javier Zanetti playing in his favoured position at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.
Inter are also reported to be looking at Danish international full back Thomas Helveg from city rivals AC Milan, who as yet has failed to have talks about extending his stay with the Rossoneri.
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri would be keen to take the attacking full back to Stamford Bridge, as he would be an ideal player in his new team system.
Since taking over at the London club, the Italian coach has tried to implement a system of three central defenders and wing backs without much success.
Ranieri has struggled to find a regular for the right wing back slot using Albert Ferrer, Mario Melchiot and Gustavo Poyet in the position, but none of the trio have taken to the role.
Cafu's attacking tendencies would add an important element to his new look side, as he tries to stamp his style and methods on the club.