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Antonio Conte: Chelsea cannot spend money like Manchester United and Manchester City

Antonio Conte has claimed Wednesday night's Carabao Cup semi-finalists, Chelsea and Arsenal, cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, and are in a fight to be the best of the rest. Manchester United this week signed Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £180 million. His shadow will hover over the Emirates as the club who could not afford to keep him take on the club who could not afford him, for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez, but Chelsea head coach Conte believes the  Premier League leaders and United are leaving the chasing pack behind with their spending power. “I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’. They stay there,” said Conte. “The others have to fight. To fight for a place in the Champions League. It’s not only here in England. “These two big clubs can  become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world. These two teams are very strong already and want to invest. Alexis Sanchez, only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. What might have been: Alexis Sanchez with  Antonio Conte Credit: Action Images via Reuters “We never were in this race [for Sanchez]. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary.” Asked which clubs around the world could pay the kind of money United have invested in Sanchez, Conte added: “I don’t know, but, for sure, United. They have paid it. But I don’t know the other teams.” Conte described last season’s Premier League title success as “a little miracle” and dismissed the notion that Chelsea needed to win the Carabao Cup or another trophy to make his second campaign a good one. “For me, this is already a good season because we are doing 120 per cent. I’m doing a fantastic job, the same my players,” said Conte. “It’s not important if you reach the final or win a trophy or win the league. The most important thing is to see if the coach and players are working hard and very well. This, for me, is a successful season. Last season, I think we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle.” Big purchase: Alvaro Morata Credit: Getty Chelsea broke their transfer  record to sign Alvaro Morata, who is out of tonight’s match with a back  injury, but Conte said: “Last season, we won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and we finished with a profit of £50 million in the transfer market. This had never happened before. "For this reason, the situation changed. When the situation changes, you have to fight to try to give all of yourself for Chelsea. Now, for sure, United and City stay there. We have to try to build something important to create a basis and then make success with our work. Not with money, with work. "I trust in my work and I think that, if I stay here, for this reason, it’ll be because the club trusts in my work and not only the money. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? “You can do two types of football: only with money and you pay a lot of money and take the best players; the other way is to try and put a bit of money in and then hard work. We are in the middle.” Having signed Ross Barkley for £15 million, Chelsea have been negotiating with Roma over a double deal for left-back Emerson Palmieri and forward Edin Dzeko worth around £44 million. Solution? Edin Dzeko of Roma Credit: Action Plus via Getty They would have to break their own transfer policy over fees and wages for players aged 30 and over to sign 31-year-old Dzeko, and Conte, who confirmed that Michy Batshuayi would leave on loan if a striker was signed, admitted the club were no longer in the market for the top players. “If you want the best, you have to spend a lot of money,” said Conte. “Otherwise, you have to go in the middle and spend £20-£30 million. If you want to reach the best targets, you must be prepared to spend a lot of money. “This is the market. if you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him £25 million. If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sanchez the same, you must be ready to pay his salary. If you have money you can spend it and have the best players. Otherwise you find other ways to fight.”

Antonio Conte: Chelsea cannot spend money like Manchester United and Manchester City

Antonio Conte has claimed Wednesday night's Carabao Cup semi-finalists, Chelsea and Arsenal, cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, and are in a fight to be the best of the rest. Manchester United this week signed Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £180 million. His shadow will hover over the Emirates as the club who could not afford to keep him take on the club who could not afford him, for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez, but Chelsea head coach Conte believes the  Premier League leaders and United are leaving the chasing pack behind with their spending power. “I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’. They stay there,” said Conte. “The others have to fight. To fight for a place in the Champions League. It’s not only here in England. “These two big clubs can  become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world. These two teams are very strong already and want to invest. Alexis Sanchez, only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. What might have been: Alexis Sanchez with  Antonio Conte Credit: Action Images via Reuters “We never were in this race [for Sanchez]. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary.” Asked which clubs around the world could pay the kind of money United have invested in Sanchez, Conte added: “I don’t know, but, for sure, United. They have paid it. But I don’t know the other teams.” Conte described last season’s Premier League title success as “a little miracle” and dismissed the notion that Chelsea needed to win the Carabao Cup or another trophy to make his second campaign a good one. “For me, this is already a good season because we are doing 120 per cent. I’m doing a fantastic job, the same my players,” said Conte. “It’s not important if you reach the final or win a trophy or win the league. The most important thing is to see if the coach and players are working hard and very well. This, for me, is a successful season. Last season, I think we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle.” Big purchase: Alvaro Morata Credit: Getty Chelsea broke their transfer  record to sign Alvaro Morata, who is out of tonight’s match with a back  injury, but Conte said: “Last season, we won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and we finished with a profit of £50 million in the transfer market. This had never happened before. "For this reason, the situation changed. When the situation changes, you have to fight to try to give all of yourself for Chelsea. Now, for sure, United and City stay there. We have to try to build something important to create a basis and then make success with our work. Not with money, with work. "I trust in my work and I think that, if I stay here, for this reason, it’ll be because the club trusts in my work and not only the money. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? “You can do two types of football: only with money and you pay a lot of money and take the best players; the other way is to try and put a bit of money in and then hard work. We are in the middle.” Having signed Ross Barkley for £15 million, Chelsea have been negotiating with Roma over a double deal for left-back Emerson Palmieri and forward Edin Dzeko worth around £44 million. Solution? Edin Dzeko of Roma Credit: Action Plus via Getty They would have to break their own transfer policy over fees and wages for players aged 30 and over to sign 31-year-old Dzeko, and Conte, who confirmed that Michy Batshuayi would leave on loan if a striker was signed, admitted the club were no longer in the market for the top players. “If you want the best, you have to spend a lot of money,” said Conte. “Otherwise, you have to go in the middle and spend £20-£30 million. If you want to reach the best targets, you must be prepared to spend a lot of money. “This is the market. if you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him £25 million. If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sanchez the same, you must be ready to pay his salary. If you have money you can spend it and have the best players. Otherwise you find other ways to fight.”

Antonio Conte: Chelsea cannot spend money like Manchester United and Manchester City

Antonio Conte has claimed Wednesday night's Carabao Cup semi-finalists, Chelsea and Arsenal, cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, and are in a fight to be the best of the rest. Manchester United this week signed Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £180 million. His shadow will hover over the Emirates as the club who could not afford to keep him take on the club who could not afford him, for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez, but Chelsea head coach Conte believes the  Premier League leaders and United are leaving the chasing pack behind with their spending power. “I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’. They stay there,” said Conte. “The others have to fight. To fight for a place in the Champions League. It’s not only here in England. “These two big clubs can  become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world. These two teams are very strong already and want to invest. Alexis Sanchez, only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. What might have been: Alexis Sanchez with  Antonio Conte Credit: Action Images via Reuters “We never were in this race [for Sanchez]. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary.” Asked which clubs around the world could pay the kind of money United have invested in Sanchez, Conte added: “I don’t know, but, for sure, United. They have paid it. But I don’t know the other teams.” Conte described last season’s Premier League title success as “a little miracle” and dismissed the notion that Chelsea needed to win the Carabao Cup or another trophy to make his second campaign a good one. “For me, this is already a good season because we are doing 120 per cent. I’m doing a fantastic job, the same my players,” said Conte. “It’s not important if you reach the final or win a trophy or win the league. The most important thing is to see if the coach and players are working hard and very well. This, for me, is a successful season. Last season, I think we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle.” Big purchase: Alvaro Morata Credit: Getty Chelsea broke their transfer  record to sign Alvaro Morata, who is out of tonight’s match with a back  injury, but Conte said: “Last season, we won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and we finished with a profit of £50 million in the transfer market. This had never happened before. "For this reason, the situation changed. When the situation changes, you have to fight to try to give all of yourself for Chelsea. Now, for sure, United and City stay there. We have to try to build something important to create a basis and then make success with our work. Not with money, with work. "I trust in my work and I think that, if I stay here, for this reason, it’ll be because the club trusts in my work and not only the money. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? “You can do two types of football: only with money and you pay a lot of money and take the best players; the other way is to try and put a bit of money in and then hard work. We are in the middle.” Having signed Ross Barkley for £15 million, Chelsea have been negotiating with Roma over a double deal for left-back Emerson Palmieri and forward Edin Dzeko worth around £44 million. Solution? Edin Dzeko of Roma Credit: Action Plus via Getty They would have to break their own transfer policy over fees and wages for players aged 30 and over to sign 31-year-old Dzeko, and Conte, who confirmed that Michy Batshuayi would leave on loan if a striker was signed, admitted the club were no longer in the market for the top players. “If you want the best, you have to spend a lot of money,” said Conte. “Otherwise, you have to go in the middle and spend £20-£30 million. If you want to reach the best targets, you must be prepared to spend a lot of money. “This is the market. if you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him £25 million. If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sanchez the same, you must be ready to pay his salary. If you have money you can spend it and have the best players. Otherwise you find other ways to fight.”

Antonio Conte: Chelsea cannot spend money like Manchester United and Manchester City

Antonio Conte has claimed Wednesday night's Carabao Cup semi-finalists, Chelsea and Arsenal, cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, and are in a fight to be the best of the rest. Manchester United this week signed Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £180 million. His shadow will hover over the Emirates as the club who could not afford to keep him take on the club who could not afford him, for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez, but Chelsea head coach Conte believes the  Premier League leaders and United are leaving the chasing pack behind with their spending power. “I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’. They stay there,” said Conte. “The others have to fight. To fight for a place in the Champions League. It’s not only here in England. “These two big clubs can  become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world. These two teams are very strong already and want to invest. Alexis Sanchez, only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. What might have been: Alexis Sanchez with  Antonio Conte Credit: Action Images via Reuters “We never were in this race [for Sanchez]. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary.” Asked which clubs around the world could pay the kind of money United have invested in Sanchez, Conte added: “I don’t know, but, for sure, United. They have paid it. But I don’t know the other teams.” Conte described last season’s Premier League title success as “a little miracle” and dismissed the notion that Chelsea needed to win the Carabao Cup or another trophy to make his second campaign a good one. “For me, this is already a good season because we are doing 120 per cent. I’m doing a fantastic job, the same my players,” said Conte. “It’s not important if you reach the final or win a trophy or win the league. The most important thing is to see if the coach and players are working hard and very well. This, for me, is a successful season. Last season, I think we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle.” Big purchase: Alvaro Morata Credit: Getty Chelsea broke their transfer  record to sign Alvaro Morata, who is out of tonight’s match with a back  injury, but Conte said: “Last season, we won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and we finished with a profit of £50 million in the transfer market. This had never happened before. "For this reason, the situation changed. When the situation changes, you have to fight to try to give all of yourself for Chelsea. Now, for sure, United and City stay there. We have to try to build something important to create a basis and then make success with our work. Not with money, with work. "I trust in my work and I think that, if I stay here, for this reason, it’ll be because the club trusts in my work and not only the money. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? “You can do two types of football: only with money and you pay a lot of money and take the best players; the other way is to try and put a bit of money in and then hard work. We are in the middle.” Having signed Ross Barkley for £15 million, Chelsea have been negotiating with Roma over a double deal for left-back Emerson Palmieri and forward Edin Dzeko worth around £44 million. Solution? Edin Dzeko of Roma Credit: Action Plus via Getty They would have to break their own transfer policy over fees and wages for players aged 30 and over to sign 31-year-old Dzeko, and Conte, who confirmed that Michy Batshuayi would leave on loan if a striker was signed, admitted the club were no longer in the market for the top players. “If you want the best, you have to spend a lot of money,” said Conte. “Otherwise, you have to go in the middle and spend £20-£30 million. If you want to reach the best targets, you must be prepared to spend a lot of money. “This is the market. if you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him £25 million. If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sanchez the same, you must be ready to pay his salary. If you have money you can spend it and have the best players. Otherwise you find other ways to fight.”

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Roma plan to use the striker during their upcoming Serie A game, even with Antonio Conte said to have launched a bid for to sign him

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

The Blues are poised to unveil their new signing soon as they also close in on a move for his Roma team-mate Edin Dzeko

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

Conte on Dzeko and Palmieri talks, confirms Kenedy departure

Antonio Conte discussed Chelsea's bid for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, while confirming Kenedy's loan move to Newcastle.

Conte on Dzeko and Palmieri talks, confirms Kenedy departure

Antonio Conte discussed Chelsea's bid for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, while confirming Kenedy's loan move to Newcastle.

Conte on Dzeko and Palmieri talks, confirms Kenedy departure

Antonio Conte discussed Chelsea's bid for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, while confirming Kenedy's loan move to Newcastle.

Chelsea update on transfer deals for Dzeko, Palmeri

Antonio Conte talks about moves for the Roma duo.

Chelsea update on transfer deals for Dzeko, Palmeri

Antonio Conte talks about moves for the Roma duo.

Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links

Roma plan to use the striker during their upcoming Serie A game, even with Antonio Conte said to have launched a bid for to sign him

Dzeko set to face Sampdoria despite Chelsea reports

Roma plan to use Edin Dzeko against Sampdoria even with Chelsea said to have launched a bid for the striker.

How will Emerson Palmieri fit in at Chelsea?

Chelsea are currently linked with Roma's Emerson Palmieri. But just how would the Brazilian fit in at the Bridge?

How will Emerson Palmieri fit in at Chelsea?

Chelsea are currently linked with Roma's Emerson Palmieri. But just how would the Brazilian fit in at the Bridge?

How will Emerson Palmieri fit in at Chelsea?

Chelsea are currently linked with Roma's Emerson Palmieri. But just how would the Brazilian fit in at the Bridge?

How will Emerson Palmieri fit in at Chelsea?

Chelsea are currently linked with Roma's Emerson Palmieri. But just how would the Brazilian fit in at the Bridge?

Chelsea expected to complete move for Roma's Emerson within next 48 hours

The Blues are poised to unveil their new signing soon as they also close in on a move for his Roma team-mate Edin Dzeko

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

The Blues are closing in on a deal for the duo, which will see the Serie A side reportedly land €50 million

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

Manchester United retain status as world's richest club - by just £1.7 million

Manchester United have held on to top spot as the world’s richest club, by just £1.7m from Real Madrid, thanks to their victory in the Europa League final against Ajax. It is the 10th time United have been top of the league, compiled by Deloitte, for the highest revenue generating club in the world, although the winning margin has never been smaller. United, guided by chief executive, Ed Woodward, generated revenue of €676m (£581m), pipping Champions League winners Real Madrid, even though the Spanish giants’ success in Europe’s most prestigious club competition saw their revenue grow in the last 12 months by 54.5m euros. And it was United’s own success in Europe that meant they clung on to top spot as their victory in the Europa League final meant they received €44.5m in payments from Uefa, four times more than Atlético Madrid received in 2011-12 for winning the same competition. As expected United and Real Madrid are joined by Barcelona to complete the top three places, with Bayern Munich fourth. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “European football continues to flourish financially, with almost half a billion Euro of revenue growth for the top 20 Money League clubs. And at the top, we’ve seen the closest ever battle for the top spot, with Manchester United pipping Real Madrid to retain their title of the highest revenue generating club in the world. United generated £581m in 2016/17. “United’s ability to retain first position is all the more impressive against the backdrop of the weakened pound against the Euro, and with both Real Madrid and Barcelona forecasting further revenue growth in 2017-18, the battle at the top will likely come down to on-pitch performance again next year. United were able to pip Real Madrid to the title thanks to money earned winning the Europa League Credit: AP “With all three clubs through to the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year.” Although the traditional big four sit at the top of the table, the Premier League’s extravagant television deal – which is likely to increase again when it is renegotiated later this year - means there are ten English clubs among the top 20 richest clubs in the world. That is a record for one country, with Southampton (18th, £182.3m) making their debut Money League appearance. Manchester City consolidated their place in the top five and Leicester City rose to 14th, from 20th last year, with television revenue the biggest single revenue stream for all of the 20 richest clubs Whilst all Premier League clubs benefited from the improved broadcast deals, it was Southampton and Leicester’s performance in European competitions which saw them gain their highest ever respective positions. Southampton’s broadcast revenue alone is greater than the total revenue of the 26th ranked team in this year’s Money League (Crystal Palace, £140.9m). Elsewhere, Arsenal climb above Paris St-Germain into sixth and Tottenham Hotspur rise one place to 11th. Chelsea and Liverpool remain in eighth and ninth respectively with West Ham United in 17th and Everton in 20th. Outside of the top 20, there are four more English clubs ranked 21 – 30, with AFC Bournemouth in 28th place. The Cherries’ revenue of £136.8m in 2016-17 is £135.7m higher than their equivalent figure in the first ever Money League in 1996-97. Paris Saint-Germain slipped down to seventh, with Arsenal moving above them, but another French club, Olympique Lyonnais, are resurgent, ranking just outside the top 20 after benefiting from increased revenue from their move to a new stadium and a successful run to the semi-final of the Europa League. AC Milan miss out for the first time on a top 20 ranking, but city rivals Internazionale move up four places to 15th after significant commercial revenue growth, following a takeover by the Chinese company, Suning.  Performance in Uefa competitions was key to Napoli taking 19th place and AS Roma dropping out of the Money League for only the third time since the Money League analysis began 21 years ago.

Manchester United retain status as world's richest club - by just £1.7 million

Manchester United have held on to top spot as the world’s richest club, by just £1.7m from Real Madrid, thanks to their victory in the Europa League final against Ajax. It is the 10th time United have been top of the league, compiled by Deloitte, for the highest revenue generating club in the world, although the winning margin has never been smaller. United, guided by chief executive, Ed Woodward, generated revenue of €676m (£581m), pipping Champions League winners Real Madrid, even though the Spanish giants’ success in Europe’s most prestigious club competition saw their revenue grow in the last 12 months by 54.5m euros. And it was United’s own success in Europe that meant they clung on to top spot as their victory in the Europa League final meant they received €44.5m in payments from Uefa, four times more than Atlético Madrid received in 2011-12 for winning the same competition. As expected United and Real Madrid are joined by Barcelona to complete the top three places, with Bayern Munich fourth. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “European football continues to flourish financially, with almost half a billion Euro of revenue growth for the top 20 Money League clubs. And at the top, we’ve seen the closest ever battle for the top spot, with Manchester United pipping Real Madrid to retain their title of the highest revenue generating club in the world. United generated £581m in 2016/17. “United’s ability to retain first position is all the more impressive against the backdrop of the weakened pound against the Euro, and with both Real Madrid and Barcelona forecasting further revenue growth in 2017-18, the battle at the top will likely come down to on-pitch performance again next year. United were able to pip Real Madrid to the title thanks to money earned winning the Europa League Credit: AP “With all three clubs through to the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year.” Although the traditional big four sit at the top of the table, the Premier League’s extravagant television deal – which is likely to increase again when it is renegotiated later this year - means there are ten English clubs among the top 20 richest clubs in the world. That is a record for one country, with Southampton (18th, £182.3m) making their debut Money League appearance. Manchester City consolidated their place in the top five and Leicester City rose to 14th, from 20th last year, with television revenue the biggest single revenue stream for all of the 20 richest clubs Whilst all Premier League clubs benefited from the improved broadcast deals, it was Southampton and Leicester’s performance in European competitions which saw them gain their highest ever respective positions. Southampton’s broadcast revenue alone is greater than the total revenue of the 26th ranked team in this year’s Money League (Crystal Palace, £140.9m). Elsewhere, Arsenal climb above Paris St-Germain into sixth and Tottenham Hotspur rise one place to 11th. Chelsea and Liverpool remain in eighth and ninth respectively with West Ham United in 17th and Everton in 20th. Outside of the top 20, there are four more English clubs ranked 21 – 30, with AFC Bournemouth in 28th place. The Cherries’ revenue of £136.8m in 2016-17 is £135.7m higher than their equivalent figure in the first ever Money League in 1996-97. Paris Saint-Germain slipped down to seventh, with Arsenal moving above them, but another French club, Olympique Lyonnais, are resurgent, ranking just outside the top 20 after benefiting from increased revenue from their move to a new stadium and a successful run to the semi-final of the Europa League. AC Milan miss out for the first time on a top 20 ranking, but city rivals Internazionale move up four places to 15th after significant commercial revenue growth, following a takeover by the Chinese company, Suning.  Performance in Uefa competitions was key to Napoli taking 19th place and AS Roma dropping out of the Money League for only the third time since the Money League analysis began 21 years ago.

Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson

The Blues are closing in on a deal for the duo, which will see the Serie A side reportedly land €50 million

Chelsea close in on Emerson, deliberate over Edin Dzeko and worry about Thibaut Courtois staying

Chelsea are deliberating over whether or not to break their own transfer policy to sign Edin Dzeko after Emerson Palmieri agreed to move to Stamford Bridge from Roma. And there are fresh fears over the future of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Real Madrid keen for him to stall over his new Chelsea contract. Emerson, a left-back, is ready to join Chelsea on a four-year £80,000-a-week contract and the club must now decide whether to complete a double deal with Roma that includes 31-year-old Dzeko for a combined fee of around £44 million. Roma are prepared to sell both players and, barring any late hitch with a medical, Emerson expects to become a Chelsea player in the coming days. The only remaining doubt over Dzeko is whether or not Chelsea are prepared to sanction his part of the transfer that would be worth in the region of £24m. Chelsea have generally not paid transfer fees for outfield players over the age of 30 in recent years. Samuel Eto’o joined on a free transfer in 2013 and Didier Drogba returned to the club for nothing a year later. Both strikers were handed one-year contracts and that also presents an issue in terms of Dzeko, who will turn 32 in March. His Roma contract is not due to expire until 2020 and Chelsea will either have to break their policy of one-year deals for over 30s or somehow negotiate a compromise. David Luiz, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas are all aged 30, and have one year remaining on their contracts. The trio are currently under the impression that Chelsea will not hand out extensions over 12 months to players of their age. Dzeko is yet to agree to a move to Chelsea and wants guarantees over getting enough playing time at Stamford Bridge, but even though he will be ineligible for the Champions League, that should not be a problem. Chelsea are still in all three domestic competitions and, particularly with Alvaro Morata struggling for form and confidence, it is expected Dzeko would come in to play regularly. Eden Hazard and Willian may force Chelsea manager Antonio Conte into a tactical rethink He has scored 14 goals this season, including two against Chelsea in the Champions League, although only two of those have come in his last 17 appearances. Out-of-form Morata has netted five times over the same number of matches. Head coach Antonio Conte has wanted a target man to complement and challenge Morata, and Dzeko certainly fits the bill. His four-and-a-half seasons at Manchester City should also ensure he does not require an adjustment period to English football. Emerson is initially joining as a back-up to left wing-back Marcos Alonso and his arrival will finally allow Kenedy to complete a loan move to Newcastle United. Chelsea decided against a new move for Alex Sandro after learning that Juventus still wanted around £60m to sell the Brazilian this month. Agreeing a fee over a potential double deal for Dzeko and Palmieri was made easier by the fact Roma, who Chelsea signed Antonio Rudiger from last summer, need to raise funds to meet Financial Fair Play requirements. Roma director of football Monchi hinted the Italians are planning for life without Emerson and Dzeko by saying: “Whatever will be will be. I work every day to have players suitable to replace our players, my job is always to strengthen my club. If [Dzeko] leaves Roma, we'll buy another player.” Thibaut Courtois has been linked with a move to Real Madrid Credit: GETTY IMAGES Chelsea had expected Courtois to sign a new contract this month after offering him a deal that would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. Talks had been going well with negotiations entering the final phase and Courtois suggesting that he was ready to sign. But Real Madrid are understood to have reiterated their long-standing interest in Courtois after missing out on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Arrizabalaga had been expected to join Real this month, but the fact he has signed a new Athletic deal means the European champions are still on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. Chelsea still hope they can finalise a new contract with Courtois before the end of the season, but must now nervously wait to see whether or not Real attempt to ruin their negotiations. Courtois is fit to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg at the Emirates after missing the Premier League victory over Brighton with a sprained ankle. Conte faces a selection dilemma up front with Morata available again, but Chelsea impressing with Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Willian impressing in forward positions at the weekend.

Chelsea close in on Emerson, deliberate over Edin Dzeko and worry about Thibaut Courtois staying

Chelsea are deliberating over whether or not to break their own transfer policy to sign Edin Dzeko after Emerson Palmieri agreed to move to Stamford Bridge from Roma. And there are fresh fears over the future of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Real Madrid keen for him to stall over his new Chelsea contract. Emerson, a left-back, is ready to join Chelsea on a four-year £80,000-a-week contract and the club must now decide whether to complete a double deal with Roma that includes 31-year-old Dzeko for a combined fee of around £44 million. Roma are prepared to sell both players and, barring any late hitch with a medical, Emerson expects to become a Chelsea player in the coming days. The only remaining doubt over Dzeko is whether or not Chelsea are prepared to sanction his part of the transfer that would be worth in the region of £24m. Chelsea have generally not paid transfer fees for outfield players over the age of 30 in recent years. Samuel Eto’o joined on a free transfer in 2013 and Didier Drogba returned to the club for nothing a year later. Both strikers were handed one-year contracts and that also presents an issue in terms of Dzeko, who will turn 32 in March. His Roma contract is not due to expire until 2020 and Chelsea will either have to break their policy of one-year deals for over 30s or somehow negotiate a compromise. David Luiz, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas are all aged 30, and have one year remaining on their contracts. The trio are currently under the impression that Chelsea will not hand out extensions over 12 months to players of their age. Dzeko is yet to agree to a move to Chelsea and wants guarantees over getting enough playing time at Stamford Bridge, but even though he will be ineligible for the Champions League, that should not be a problem. Chelsea are still in all three domestic competitions and, particularly with Alvaro Morata struggling for form and confidence, it is expected Dzeko would come in to play regularly. Eden Hazard and Willian may force Chelsea manager Antonio Conte into a tactical rethink He has scored 14 goals this season, including two against Chelsea in the Champions League, although only two of those have come in his last 17 appearances. Out-of-form Morata has netted five times over the same number of matches. Head coach Antonio Conte has wanted a target man to complement and challenge Morata, and Dzeko certainly fits the bill. His four-and-a-half seasons at Manchester City should also ensure he does not require an adjustment period to English football. Emerson is initially joining as a back-up to left wing-back Marcos Alonso and his arrival will finally allow Kenedy to complete a loan move to Newcastle United. Chelsea decided against a new move for Alex Sandro after learning that Juventus still wanted around £60m to sell the Brazilian this month. Agreeing a fee over a potential double deal for Dzeko and Palmieri was made easier by the fact Roma, who Chelsea signed Antonio Rudiger from last summer, need to raise funds to meet Financial Fair Play requirements. Roma director of football Monchi hinted the Italians are planning for life without Emerson and Dzeko by saying: “Whatever will be will be. I work every day to have players suitable to replace our players, my job is always to strengthen my club. If [Dzeko] leaves Roma, we'll buy another player.” Thibaut Courtois has been linked with a move to Real Madrid Credit: GETTY IMAGES Chelsea had expected Courtois to sign a new contract this month after offering him a deal that would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. Talks had been going well with negotiations entering the final phase and Courtois suggesting that he was ready to sign. But Real Madrid are understood to have reiterated their long-standing interest in Courtois after missing out on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Arrizabalaga had been expected to join Real this month, but the fact he has signed a new Athletic deal means the European champions are still on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. Chelsea still hope they can finalise a new contract with Courtois before the end of the season, but must now nervously wait to see whether or not Real attempt to ruin their negotiations. Courtois is fit to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg at the Emirates after missing the Premier League victory over Brighton with a sprained ankle. Conte faces a selection dilemma up front with Morata available again, but Chelsea impressing with Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Willian impressing in forward positions at the weekend.

Emerson Palmieri agrees four-year deal at Chelsea as talks continue over £20m Roma switch

Emerson Palmieri agrees four-year deal at Chelsea as talks continue over £20m Roma switch

Emerson Palmieri agrees four-year deal at Chelsea as talks continue over £20m Roma switch

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Monchi insists the Serie A side would not be derailed by the loss of the Bosnian striker and Emerson if reported interest in the duo comes to fruition

From having his head shaved by Neymar to Alex Sandro's successor, who is Chelsea target Emerson?

The Blues had hoped to sign Alex Sandro last summer but they are now set to sign his compatriot despite the fact that he is Roma's reserve left-back

From having his head shaved by Neymar to Alex Sandro's successor, who is Chelsea target Emerson?

The Blues had hoped to sign Alex Sandro last summer but they are now set to sign his compatriot despite the fact that he is Roma's reserve left-back

Roma vow to replace Dzeko as Chelsea close in

Monchi insists the Serie A side would not be derailed by the loss of the Bosnian striker and Emerson if reported interest in the duo comes to fruition

Serie A: Inter Milan fall 11 points behind leaders Napoli after 1-1 stalemate with Roma

Matias Vecino equalised with a late header for Inter Milan after Stephan El Shaarawy had capitalised on awful defending to score in the 32nd minute of the tie.

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