Chelsea close to signing 23-year-old Roma defender


Chelsea close to signing 23-year-old Roma defender

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Chelsea are set to announce the signing of Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri, according to Gazzeto dello Sport.

The Blues will reportedly pay £18 million plus add-ons and are expected to unveil the Brazilian as soon as today.

Chelsea have held hopes to include Emerson in a double-swoop deal involving striker Erin Dzeko for around £44 million, but Dzeko’s wage demands have stalled further talks for now.

The signing comes after Chelsea failed to acquire their No.1 man Alex Sandro from Juventus in the summer.

Emerson has only featured twice for Roma this season – 15 minutes against SPAL 2013 and the full 90 minutes against Torino in the Copa Italia.

In the meantime, Antonio Conte left out David Luiz out of yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle amidst rumours that Real Madrid are interested in the player.

Luiz has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after falling out with Conte recently with Arsenal, Newcastle and Real Madrid being reported as potential destinations.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31