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Published: Monday July 7, 2014 MYT 6:02:50 PM
Updated: Monday July 7, 2014 MYT 6:03:59 PM

Ashley Cole arrives for medical with AS Roma

Chelsea's Ashley Cole acknowledges the Chelsea fans during their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Chelsea's Ashley Cole acknowledges the Chelsea fans during their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

ROME (Reuters) - Former England defender Ashley Cole has arrived in Italy for a medical with AS Roma and is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Serie A club.

"Welcome to Rome, Ashley", said the Italian club on its official Twitter feed, publishing a photo of the former Chelsea player on his arrival at Fiumicino airport on Monday morning.

According to the Italian media, left-back Cole is set to sign a two-year deal worth 2.3 million euro (1.8 million pounds) a year, with an option for a third season, as Roma look to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.

Chelsea said goodbye to Cole last week after his trophy-laden eight years at Stamford Bridge where he won the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League, as well four FA Cup titles.

Roma are also close to signing Fenerbahce’s Salih Ucan, with the 20-year-old midfielder set to sign a two-year loan deal with an option to buy for a reported fee of 11 million euro ($14.98 million).

($1 = 0.7345 Euros)

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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