Roman: Chivu will join Chelsea
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roma only signed the Romanian international captain in the summer from Ajax, but have struggled to meet payments for the star - and could be willing to part with the influential defender.
Abramovich insists that the player will be reunited with international colleague and friend Adrian Mutu - and hinted that Manchester United will not be able to match their bid.
"Chivu will come to England only for Chelsea and he will be my golden boy," Abramovich told the News of the World.
"We want Chivu and we will make a better offer than Manchester United."
Agent Victor Becali confirmed that there had been contact - and admitted that the right bid could lure his charge to The Premiership.
"It is true that Manchester United and Chelsea have contacted us," said Becali.
"Christian could be playing in England if the deal is right."