Roman failed to get Totti

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Roma's sporting director Franco Baldini has revealed that Chelsea's new owner Roman Abramovich wanted to buy star forward Francesco Totti during the close season.

The Blues were linked with virtually every big name in Europe over the summer, but failed to get the Italian side to even listen to their offer.

Totti is an integral member of the Giallorossi side and would command a near world record fee to acquire his services from Stadio Olimpico.

Abramovich was keen to arrive at Stamford Bridge and parade Totti as the jewel his crown, but swooped for Parma's Adrian Mutu after failing with his original target.

"This summer Abramovich wanted to present himself at Chelsea with Totti," explained Baldini. "He would have made a really incredible offer.

"But Roma's intention not take it into consideration prevailed. It means Roma want to continue being at the top without sacrificing their stars."

Meanwhile, the club has stated they are discussing the possibility of offering Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids a contract.

The Dutch international is in his final year of his contract, and can agree terms on a new deal with any side from January 1.

"There is a mutual interest, but until the New Year his representatives won't consider any proposal, even from Juve," added Baldini.

"In January we will discuss the possibility of opening negotiations."