Roma official Bruno Conti claims he was approached by Chelsea regarding the availability of Daniele De Rossi.
The Blues have been strongly linked with a host of players during the summer transfer window as Carlo Ancelotti looks to piece together a side capable of wrestling the Premier League title from the clutches of Manchester United.
The Italian coach is believed to have cast his eye over a number of those plying their trade in his homeland, with employees of former club AC Milan dominating the headlines.
However, it appears that Roma midfielder De Rossi has also fallen under his radar, with a big-money approach reported to have been lodged.
"I've personally had a call from Ancelotti to take the player to Chelsea. But Daniele is untouchable," Conti told Radio Radio.
"The offer was of a lot of money, but it has been refused."
Roma president Rosella Sensi has also moved to distance the club from any suggestion that they would be prepared to part with the Italy international.
"De Rossi isn't and won't be for sale. He remains with us", she said.
Sensi also admitted that the decision to offload Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool was a tough call to make.
"It was a difficult choice. But he deserved a big club," added the club supremo.