Daniele De Rossi is keen to make it third time lucky for Jose Mourinho and join him at Chelsea.

But Chelsea will need to pay De Rossi £5.5million-a-year AFTER TAX to match his huge Roma wages.

Mourinho is plotting a bid for the 29-year-old after ­failing to land the ­midfielder for both Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

De Rossi turned down a move to Manchester City last year, but is open to a switch to Chelsea.

A source close to Roma and De Rossi said: “If Mourinho calls, I’m sure De Rossi will say yes.