Chelsea make double Roma swoop

Chelsea have agreed a £44m deal (plus £13.2m add-ons) for Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri.

“Roma, like every club in the world, listen to the offers that arrive for their players, not just for Edin, but anyone in the squad,” Lazio’s sporting director Monchi told Mediaset Premium.

“We are ready to listen and then we decide. Now Dzeko is here and the rest doesn’t matter, which means the offer that arrived is not interesting. “I don’t know what personal terms were offered to the player, as I am not his agent. I am talking about Roma: an offer arrives, we look at it and then decide.”

Dzeko played for Man City from 2011 to 2016 before joining the Serie A side. The 31-year-old Bosnian won Serie A’s Golden Boot last year and has scored nine goals in 19 games this season, while 23-year-old Brazilian left-back Palmieri joined Roma in 2015 after a loan spell from Santos to Palermo.