Chelsea look set to announce their second signing of the January switch window, as experiences from Italy have claimed that the Blues will formally signal Roma defender Emerson Palmieri on Monday.
As reported by Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, through the Metro, the deal has been on the playing cards for numerous weeks, however the difficulties in agreeing a double deal for Palmieri and Eden Džeko has seen the transfer stall.
Determined to spice up their skeleton squad, Chelsea at the moment are believed to be able to go forward and signal Palmieri earlier than making a ultimate determination on Džeko.
The 23-year-old is about to price the Blues round £18m, with an additional £4m in add-on charges. With former second-choice left-back Kennedy now on mortgage at Newcastle United, Palmieri can have the chance to battle it out with free-kick maestro Marcos Alonso to assert the beginning full-back spot for the Premier League Champions.
Palmieri has appeared simply as soon as for his facet this season, as summer time signing Aleksandar Kolarov has turn out to be the primary selection left-back. The previous Santos man
The Blues are nonetheless trying to signal Džeko, however his 90k-per-week wage calls for have seen the transfer stall. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has emerged as one other potential goal, because the membership look to signal a strong ahead. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eager to mortgage out his back-up striker Michy Batshuayi, who has did not impress since his £30m transfer to Chelsea final season.
With numerous younger stars bought and loaned out in the beginning of the season, the Blues have been left with a threadbare choice of skills at their disposal. With Manchester Metropolis set to romp to the Premier League title in report time, Chelsea could need to focus their attentions on the Champions League – the place they face Catalan giants Barcelona within the first knockout spherical.