Roma did not need to sell Dzeko to Chelsea, claims club manager

Roma are “very happy” they have managed to keep Edin Dzeko amid interest from Chelsea and plan to sign Sporting’s Jonathan Silva to replace Emerson, according to club general manager Mauro Baldissoni.

Bosnia-Herzegovina international Dzeko had been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, with Antonio Conte eager to add more firepower in the shape of a striker who offers both physical presence and quality in front of goal.

But negotiations with Roma for Dzeko ultimately failed, with Chelsea now said to be targeting Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, as Michy Batshuayi looks set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

And Roma insist they were never in position which required them to sell anyone, even though left-back Emerson Palmieri, unlike Dzeko, did get his move to Chelsea.

“We are at January 31 and Roma have sold one player, yesterday [Emerson, on Tuesday],” Baldissoni told Radio 24.

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“That is evidence that we do not need to sell, but we must take advantage of certain opportunities.

“We are nearly always in the Champions League, but if an unexpected bid comes in for a player like Dzeko which may be considered interesting, we have to evaluate it and see how the money could be used to remain competitive.

“The offer has to be taken into consideration. It is clear that if we needed to sell him [Dzeko], then we would have done so, but we stuck to our asking price because that represented an interesting opportunity.

“We are very happy that Dzeko will stay. If he had gone then it would’ve been up to the sporting management to find other solutions which kept us equally competitive.”

As for Roma’s deadline-day dealings, Baldissoni expects just the single arrival, as he confirmed Silva has been at the club for a medical with the view to replacing Emerson.

The Argentine left-back is currently at Sporting, having spent two years on loan at Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors prior to returning to Portugal.

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“At the moment we’re talking about a team that has sold Emerson Palmieri but replaced him with Jonathan Silva, who has played the Champions League and made the final of the Copa Libertadores,” Baldissoni said.

“We haven’t weakened ourselves. I don’t think we will do much else, in the sense that he [Silva] has arrived to complete his medical examinations and he will replace Emerson.

“We will complete that deal and the sporting director is always on alert on the deadline day – situations can always occur, but there are no particular upheavals expected.”


Chelsea still hopeful of Dzeko deal as Giroud & Llorente emerge as alternatives

Chelsea remain hopeful of landing a deal for Roma striker Edin Dzeko but are now looking at Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente as alternatives, Goal understands.

The Blues have been after Dzeko for much of the winter window, but talks have stalled for now as all three parties have been able to come to any agreements.

Dzeko was seen as likely to be added this January alongside team-mate Emerson Palmieri, but for now the striker remains in Italy despite being keen on a move to Stamford Bridge while Emerson will undergo a medical ahead of a £17.5 million move .

As the window winds down, the Blues are looking at alternatives to Dzeko, with a possible opportunity to land London rivals Arsenal’s Giroud arriving via an unlikely source.

Michy Batshuayi has been angling for a loan move away from Chelsea, but has not been allowed to leave until the Blues find a new striker to replace him in the rotation. But in an interesting twist, the Belgian being granted a loan may well help land his replacement in Giroud.

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The Gunners appear near to a deal to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund . However, the Bundesliga side look more interested in securing the services of Batshuayi as a replacement for the Gabon international, rather than Giroud.

That has opened the door for Giroud to join the Premier League champions, with the striker eager for a move while the Gunners remain reluctant.

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Another option is Spurs striker Llorente, who Antonio Conte was interested in a reunion with prior to his move to Tottenham.

Llorente would also welcome a change of scenery as he hopes to secure more playing time than he has seen with Maurico Pochettino’s side this season. He has appeared in 13 Premier League games this year for Spurs, though he has only started on one occasion, scoring a single goal.

While the Blues do look at alternatives, they have not yet given up the pursuit of Dzeko. Chelsea hope the pressure of the transfer deadline can help a deal get over the finish line, though it is likely it will go right down to the wire.


Di Francesco: I’m not losing sleep over Dzeko-to-Chelsea rumours

Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco is not losing sleep over Edin Dzeko’s future at the club amid reported interest from Chelsea, with the situation to be resolved by the time the transfer window closes.

Dzeko has emerged as a transfer target for defending Premier League champions Chelsea, who reportedly are determined to bring in support for star forward Alvaro Morata.

Roma and Chelsea are yet to reach an agreement, though interest from England is believed to have cooled on the 31-year-old striker.

After Dzeko played 90 minutes in Roma’s 1-0 loss at home to Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday, Di Francesco said the forward’s future will become clearer by Wednesday.

“What gives me sleepless nights is the performance in the first 25-30 minutes and failing to put the ball in the net,” Di Francesco told Mediaset Premium.

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“As for the rest, that will be resolved by January 31.”

Former Manchester City star Dzeko has scored 39 Serie A goals since the start of last season, including 10 this term.

Asked about Dzeko prior to Roma’s defeat in the Italian capital, director Monchi said: “Negotiations are normal when the transfer window is open. I speak to the coach every day, we are always together. It’s normal that when the window closes, we are all a little stressed, especially ahead of a game.

“We are very happy with the way the coach works and understands the movements that the club makes.

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“I saw Dzeko in the locker room … so we are in the same situation as other days. We are calm and happy he is here, hope he can continue building on the last game and score another goal.

“People ask about everything except the match. I know the market makes news, but we are all concentrated on the match.”

Monchi added: “Edin’s situation is not a difficulty. Edin is here, Edin played against Sampdoria on Wednesday and he plays tonight. We are in the same situation as eight days ago. I thought when a director speaks in Italy, people believe him, but evidently I have to earn that!”


Chelsea target Dzeko will be continue to be picked – Di Francesco

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco says he will continue to pick Edin Dzeko, despite rumours the striker nears an exit to Chelsea.

Chelsea’s desire to bring in a striker in January has seen Dzeko emerge as their primary target following an ankle injury to West Ham’s Andy Carroll.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a combined €50 million move for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international and team-mate Emerson Palmieri.

However, Roma have stated a deal is yet to be struck, with Goal reporting they are searching for a replacement for the striker who has scored 39 Serie A goals since the start of last season.

Di Francesco will continue to pick both of them until a move materialises, which he hopes does not come this month.

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“I have complete freedom [to pick anyone], regardless of any talks that may be ongoing, which you all know more of than I do,” he told reporters prior to Roma entertaining Sampdoria on Sunday.

“Dzeko and Emerson are two players who are available to me for this game and I’ll continue to use them as and when, if I feel it is right to do so.

“It’s only normal to expect that if something like this goes through, it will be dictated by Financial Fair Play regulations.

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“I asked the club to sign Lionel Messi, but they told me it wasn’t possible. Look, it is not as if myself or Roma want to lose our most important players. If someone does go, it’s obviously not so we can just spend all the money we get in.

“But I’m not the one who can answer these questions; it is down to the sporting director [Monchi]. All I can say is that I have Dzeko at my disposal and I hope he remains here for the remainder of the season.

“As for anything else, I do my job and try to do it the best I can. There are some clear things that have been said to me, so either you accept those or you go home. I chose to be the coach of Roma, even during difficult times.”


Lampard endorses Chelsea move for Dzeko

Frank Lampard has backed Chelsea’s move for Edin Dzeko and believes that he offers the “something different” that the Blues need.

Antonio Conte has regularly bemoaned an inability to get top targets through the door at Stamford Bridge.

Further reinforcements are still required, having lost the title-winning experience of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with the London club currently in talks with Dzeko.

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Lampard feels the former Manchester City star would be a shrewd addition, with the Bosnia international a better fit for a club of Chelsea’s stature than other mooted targets such as West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.

The Blues legend told the Evening Standard: “Carroll and Crouch are not the kind of names Chelsea have gone for in the past.

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“But January is a tough one and [Alexis] Sanchez is a one-off. The majority of the time you’re looking at making minor adjustments.

“If it’s a Crouch or Carroll, it’s just a back-up but Dzeko is something different. He is a very good player, an all-round striker with all the attributes.

“In terms of investing heavily, that will come in the summer. It’s very easy to say that Crouch and Carroll are not Chelsea signings but it’s not an indication of where Chelsea are going.

“It is more a sign that the manager doesn’t think they strengthened enough last summer.”

Chelsea  are currently third in the Premier League standings while also readying themselves for an FA Cup fourth round clash with Newcastle and a heavyweight last-16 encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League.

There is, therefore, still all to play for, with Lampard convinced that a testing season can end on a high.

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He said: “This is when the experienced players are vital – there is nothing wrong with getting everyone together and reminding everyone to push.

“Chelsea do need to get their act together. They have the spirit there. They have the players.

“When Chelsea get it right, as we saw last season, they can take on anybody. It is certainly not the time to give up.”