Chelsea have been linked to numerous players in the January transfer window, one of which has been Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri.
Manager Antonio Conte has been prioritising bringing in a new wing-back to provide competition for Marcos Alonso.
According to the London Evening Standard, Palmieri has penned a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge, but a fee is yet to be agreed with Roma.
The publication claims that the reigning Premier League champions are in talks to strike a deal that will also involve Edin Dzeko moving to West London.
While speaking to the media in a press conference earlier today, Conte made reference to Kenedy’s loan switch to Newcastle United.
The manager confirmed that he is open to bringing in a new player to cover the role.
Conte indicates if a player from his squad goes out on loan, he is ready for either a new player coming in, or to work with a young player from the Academy.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2018
Conte’s comments have left Chelsea fans convinced that Palmieri is on his way to the club.
The left-back, who played in the same Santos team as world-record signing Neymar, has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury, but is now fit to play.
You mean Emerson?
— narmi⊿ (@monaisapunk46) January 23, 2018
— Abayomi (@yung_g0d_) January 23, 2018
— Mr.Steve (@SteveMelodiez) January 23, 2018
— ?King_Kante? (@Gitchezz) January 23, 2018
Emerson officially announced
— Alexander™ (@dex__francis) January 23, 2018
So it's Emerson or academy?
— BoldZeb, I will handle it! (@carefreezeb) January 23, 2018
Dzeko and Emerson confirmed
— Jay (@jayabhiraj) January 23, 2018