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Chelsea are closing in on a move to land AS Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge. The Brazilan will cost a fee in the region of £20m, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

It is understood the Blues are edging ever closer also in a move for AS Roma striker and former Man City star Edin Dzeko, whose ownership is currently esteemed £24m by the Serie A side.

SkySport in Italy claimed today that Chelsea placed a €50m bid, while the Giallorossi are asking around €10m more in add-ons. Anyway, Emerson Palmieri is set to fly to London in order to complete the move.

 

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AS Roma climb up the table of Group C after beating Chelsea in a massive game at Stadio Olimpico tonight.

Goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti, who also missed a huge chance to score a brace, secured the Giallorossi a crucial win against the Premier League champions.

Good news from Madrid, as Atletico missed a massive chance to join Chelsea and Roma at the top. Despite a disappointing result, the Blues remain 4 points above Diego Pablo Simeone’s men with two games remaining.

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AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco gave his thoughts ahead of upcoming Champions League clash against Chelsea.

The Italian manager said: “We have to use all our physical strength against them, but at the same time also use the other two characteristics if we want to win. I could look at our opponents and see they have injury problems as well, but you know [Antonio] Conte was here last year as well so it’s not always about changing methods”.

“There is always the option to change things – we have different players and certainly I will switch some things around but I don’t want to reveal that here today. It’s a decision I will make tomorrow.”

The Giallorossi suffered a home defeat in the last Serie A game against Napoli, who are currently leading the table with 24 points. Roma, who still have one game in hand, are sitting 5th with 15 points.

“I want a different approach compared to the game against Napoli, – Di Francesco claimed – because we know tomorrow it will be a different opponent who are also motivated because they lost their last game in the league.

“We will be facing a different set of challenges tomorrow, and I will look at mine squad and it is certain we will have a different approach for the game to be ready for it.”

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AS Roma star Daniele De Rossi has admitted “it will be a difficult group, but an exciting one” as he commented the Champions League draw in Monaco.

The 34-year-old, when asked about Chelsea, said: “[Antonio} Conte is one of the strongest coaches in the world, and Antonio Rudiger is among the best in the world in his role,”

“I have great affection for both those guys, it will be good to see them but I hope they go away disappointed. That won’t be easy but we will try”.

 

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AS Roma head-coach Eusebio Di Francesco gave his thoughts following the Champions League draw in Monaco, with the Giallorossi in Group C alongside Chelsea, Qarabag and Atletico Madrid.

“It’s a difficult group, but we were in the third pot and we knew that some big teams were waiting for us. – Di Francesco told Roma’s official website – Chelsea have a great coach who I know really well, a squad full of top players and with [Alvaro] Morata they have added quality”.

Chelsea will host Roma at Stamford Bridge on October 18th, while the Serie A giants will play at home agains Blues on October 31st.

 

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger spoke out following his move to Stamford Bridge from AS Roma last week.

“We speak about Rome and Chelsea and Chelsea’s a big club, – Rudiger told the club’s official website – Roma’s a big club too in Italy but it’s a different level.

“For me the most [important] reason was the coach, Antonio Conte. He’s a fantastic coach because he improved a lot of players. Last season [Marcos] Alonso and [Victor] Moses played great.”

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New Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger spoke following the announcement of his signing today. 

“It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this. – the German star said – I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player”.

Also Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo had his own say about Rudiger’s move to Stamford Bridge: “We are pleased to be able to bring in a player of proven quality who adds to our defensive options”.

It is understood Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a huge admirer of the former AS Roma defender.

“Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international level and possesses all the requisite attributes to thrive in the Premier League. We have been aware of him for some time and we are confident he will fit in well with the squad.”

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Antonio Rudiger is set to put the pen to paper on a five-year deal to join Chelsea. We understand the German defender is in London, ready to undergo his medical at Stamford Bridge and this means that Antonio Conte will have am highly-rated defender to strengthen his squad.

It is understood Manchester City tried a last attempt to land Rudiger to Etihad Stadium yesterday, but Chelsea raised up the previous bid to £35m plus £4m in add-ons.

Rudiger’s agent was spotted in Manchester last morning, while today is expected to be in London as the Roma defender is set to join Chelsea.

Sky Sport in Italy believes the deal could be announced in the next few hours.

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Chelsea are closing in on £30m move for Roma star Antonio Rudiger, who is expected in London between today and tomorrow to undergo his medical with the Blues.

Some reports also suggested the 24-year-old has already landed to the capital as his friend hinted this morning. Rudiger played the Confederations Cup final with German National Team yesterday in St Petersburg and the Daily Star wrote recently that the medical is scheduled for Monday.

Meanwhile Rudiger’s representative was spotted in Manchester Airport and is expected to be in London today to finalize the deal.

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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas, who won’t join Zenit St Petersburg despite the Russian giants had already set his medical in Rome on Wednesday morning.

The Greek star allegedly wanted to be paid in euros instead of rubles, which are the currency of the Russian Federation.

It Zenit St Petersburg had found an agreement with both AS Roma and Manolas on a £30m move and the player were set to undergo his medical yesterday, before the deal was stopped

 

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