Breaking down the possible Dzeko to Chelsea move
As reported yesterday by Di Marzio, Chelsea is ready to offer Roma 50 million for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri. Roma want 15 million more in bonuses and are waiting to see if the blues will indeed meet their demands. So what is the likelihood of this move happening and why would Roma do it?
Di Marzio first reported that Chelsea were interested in Emerson Palmieri. Emerson had a great season as a left back in 2016-17 but suffered a major injury and has been recovering since. Roma did not pay much for the Brazilian/Italian player, and given that they signed Alexander Kolarov in the summer they could easily let the defender go to Chelsea for a decent sum.
The more interesting piece of the movie is obviously Edin Dzeko. After an initial season on loan at Roma in which he struggled a bit, Dzeko has been magnificent. He has scored 38 goals in 56 appearances and has often bailed Roma out in matches. He had an amazing performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season in the Champions League, helping to secure qualification to the Round of 16 as well as perhaps gathering interest from the Chelsea management.
So why would Roma sell Dzeko at this point in the season? He is a focal point of their attack and they are fighting for a top four spot which would gain them automatic qualification to the Champions League next season. The revenue from the Champions League is undoubtedly important to the club as they have just announced that they will start constructing their new stadium.
The reason why they would sell Dzeko is simple, his age. The Bosnian is going to turn 32 years old this year, and this might be the last chance for them to get a good return for the player. In addition to this, Roma made significant purchases in Gergoire Defrel and Patrik Schick over the summer, both are strikers who have been playing out of position because of Dzeko's presence. If Monchi has confidence in those players, he can see this as an opportunity to cash in on Dzeko and give Schick and Defrel an opportunity to reach their potential. He would also use the money to invest in younger players.
So what is the likelihood that this will happen? Unfortunately for Roma fans, there is a strong possibility. The fact that Roma has set a price for the players means they are willing to let them go. It will be up to Dzeko now to decide if he wants to leave. He seems to really be enjoying his time in Rome and Italy, and if he were to leave Roma now to join Chelsea he wouldn't be able to participate in the Champions League for the rest of this season, which could be a huge factor for the Bosnian. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days.