According to Sky Sports, reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are edging closer to a deal to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko and defender Emerson Palmieri. The clubs are reportedly in talks with a deal worth 50m euros plus 10m in add-ons.
Chelsea are also willing to allow out-of-favour striker Michy Batshuayi to join the club from the Italian capital on loan until the end of the season.
The Blues are keen to add to their attacking options, as Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has struggled for goals late. Batshuayi has also failed to convince in his season and a half at the club. The Belgian striker will be allowed to leave if the Blues can secure a replacement and Dzeko would be that replacement.
The 31-year-old has been a big success in Roma since his 2015 move from Manchester City. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has netted 12 goals for the Giallorossi this season, including against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 3-3 draw in the Champions League in October.
Dzeko is reportedly keen to return to England, where he helped Manchester City establish themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Premier League. The striker collected two title-winning medals with the Citizens.
Palmieri would add to boss Antonio Conte’s left-back and left-wing back options, as Spaniard Marcos Alonso currently has very little competition in those positions at the club.
The 23-year-old is a former Santos youth player, who has made 34 Serie A appearances for the Giallorossi, having also made nine league appearances while on loan at Palermo.
The Blues face a tricky trip to Brighton in the Premier League’s early kick-off later today. They will be without Morata, due to suspension after the striker saw red against Norwich in the FA Cup third round replay in midweek. Conte is likely to start with Eden Hazard as a false number nine, which illustrates the Blues lack of attacking options perfectly.
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