Wednesday February 14 2018
'Giroud if Dzeko left Roma'

“It was impossible not to evaluate” Chelsea’s offer for Edin Dzeko, said director Monchi, who reveals he would’ve signed Olivier Giroud for Roma.

The negotiations for Emerson Palmieri and then Dzeko took up most of the January transfer window, throwing the team and its fans into turmoil.

“We started talking to Chelsea about Emerson and only later did Edin’s name enter the conversation,” Monchi told Sky Sport Italia.

“They made us an offer and we replied with a new proposal. The English club never satisfied our demands and that is why the negotiations were not finalised.

“No club is happy to sell its best players, but if an important economic offer arrives, it’s impossible not to evaluate it. We certainly would’ve signed an important striker to replace him, perhaps Giroud, because otherwise the fans would quite rightly have been angry.

“We have a lot of faith in Patrik Schick and Gregoire Defrel, but we would 100 per cent have signed another forward if Dzeko had left in January.

“Along with Giroud, there was also the option of Michy Batshuayi. People talk about Schick being expensive, but so far we have only spent €6m on him and that is very important for us. He is a centre-forward who can also play on the wing.”

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