Chelsea Target Roma Full-Back Emerson Palmieri as Cheaper Alternative to Alex Sandro

Chelsea make approach for Roma's Emerson Palmieri

According to reports, Chelsea are targeting AS Roma's star Edin Dzeko to give competition to Alvaro Morata as the team's front man.

Instead, the club have turned to Roma's Palmieri, who is said to be available for £20m this month.

That's left Conte looking at other targets and the Express are citing a report coming from Premium Sport that claims Chelsea have now lodged an enquiry about signing Dzeko from Roma.

The Blues had been linked with Juventus full-back Alex Sandro but a deal was proving hard to get over the line.

Emerson, 23, has only played twice for Roma since returning from a serious knee injury at the start of December, but he did make 25 appearances in Serie A last term.

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When asked if a move to the Blues is a possibility, Garcia told Calcio Mercato: "Of course yes, absolutely, now the two clubs are talking, we will see if it will be successful".

"Obviously, Emerson would love to play in the Premier League and it'd be a dream to work with Conte, as he is among the best Coaches in the world".

Alonso has once again been an important player on the left for Chelsea this season, but Goal's Nizaar Kinsella reported their search for an alternative has taken them from Juventus' Alex Sandro and to the Italian capital with Emerson.

England midfielder Ross Barkley is Chelsea's only January signing to date having joined the Premier League champions from Everton for £15m.

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