NEWS
Thursday January 18 2018
Chelsea €65m for Dzeko and Emerson

Roma and Chelsea are in negotiations for Emerson Palmieri, but Sky Sport Italia report this evening they’re discussing Edin Dzeko too in a double €65m deal.

The January transfer window is in full swing and it is well known that Antonio Conte’s men have targeted left-back Emerson Palmieri, who has been valued at €25m.

“There’s nothing certain yet, we are in a phase of discussion and evaluation,” Emerson’s agent Fernando Garcia of Elenko Sports told Calciomercato.com.

“Chelsea are a concrete possibility, absolutely. Now the two clubs are talking, we’ll see if they reach a positive conclusion.

“Obviously, Emerson would love to play in the Premier League and it’d be a dream to work with Conte, as he is among the best Coaches in the world.”

However, this evening Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio reveals Emerson isn’t the only subject being discussed by the two clubs.

They are also negotiating for Dzeko, the former Manchester City striker, after missing out on several other targets and seeing Andy Carroll injured.

Chelsea have offered €50m for both Emerson Palmieri and Dzeko, whereas Roma are asking for a series of bonuses that would take the total sum up to €65m.

The Blues are hoping to include Michy Batshuayi on loan as part of the deal.

Dzeko is no stranger to the Premier League, having won the title with Manchester City under Roberto Mancini.

His first season at Roma was disastrous, but he certainly found his feet in the second, finishing as Capocannoniere with 29 Serie A goals in 37 appearances.

So far this term, he has found the net 12 times in 26 games between Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Champions League.

Most notably, the Bosnian bagged a brace in Roma’s 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on October 18.

Dzeko turns 32 in March, so it isn’t entirely out of the question that Roma would sell for the right price, especially as they already invested in replacement Patrik Schick.

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