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Chelsea reached an agreement to sign Emerson Palmieri from Roma on Monday, sources told BBC Sport’s Saj Chowdhury.
It’s believed the Blues will pay an initial £17.6 million for the left wing-back, indicating that his arrival will be a separate deal from the reported approach for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.
The move for Dzeko has reportedly completely collapsed, but Emerson is expected to sign four-and-a-half-year contract worth £42,000 a week in the English capital, The Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson understands.
Antonio Conte has been on the lookout for wing-back assistance since last summer. Davide Zappacosta was brought into Torino to compete with Victor Moses on the right-hand side, but Marcos Alonso’s spot on the other flank has gone relatively untroubled.
Emerson, 23, is a natural down the left, but Aleksandar Kolarov stole his spot in the Roma lineup while he was absent for three months with a knee injury. Emerson’s performances last term were superb, though, and encouraged the Italian football authorities to paw for the necessary paperwork to make the Brazil-born talent eligible for the national team.