CHELSEA CLOSE TO SIGNING £20 MILLION LEFT-BACK

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Chelsea are close to completing a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri according to a report on Metro UK.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on providing competition for Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso.

The 23-year-old Brazilian will reportedly cost Chelsea £20 million.

Palmieri’s agent Fernando Garcia confirmed Chelsea’s interest in the 23-year-old.

“There’s still nothing certain, we are in a stage of discussion and evaluations,” Palmieri’s agent Fernando Garcia told Calciomercato.

Asked if the transfer could be finalised this month, Garcia replied: “Of course, yes, absolutely.

“The two clubs are now talking, we’ll see if it will be successful.”

Garcia also revealed Palmieri is excited to work under Conte at Chelsea.

“It would be a dream,” said Garcia.

“Conte is a top manager, one of the best and most successful in the world.”

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