CHELSEA have reportedly struck a £50million deal to sign Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri.
Chelsea's move for Emerson, who becomes the Premier League champions' second January signing after Ross Barkley was acquired for £15m from Everton, also ends any immediate interest in Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro.
Reports claim that the double deal is on the verge of going through and will be finalised once former Manchester City striker Dzeko has agreed personal terms. This pictures of Dzeko, however, could be his lasts ones as a Roma player. Despite the drop-off compared to last season, Dzeko still leads the club in league goals scored in 2017-18. Antonio Conte previously had stated he would not let Kenedy leave without having adequate cover at the wide positions, but with Emerson set to arrive, a six-month temporary switch to the Magpies can now go through.
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"Chelsea are being linked with an assortment of players already this window but this is the shortest any player has been in the betting to join the Blues which hints deals for both could be close", said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.
The 23-year-old has struggled to force his way back in to the Roma starting eleven since recovering from injury but the Brazilian is a huge talent so Conte will hope he rediscovers his best form here in England.