Chelsea’s double deal for Roma players Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri is expected to drag on until the end of this week, with expectations that it will be completed Thursday or Friday.
Their has been various hold ups along the way, with Chelsea having doubts over changing their policy on players over the age of thirty. To add to that, Dzeko has also had his own doubts on making the move and has took some convincing on gaining enough game time from Chelsea.
It seems that the deal now is closer than ever as the majority of the disagreements and concerns have now been ironed out.
There remains a coupe of small issues in order for the double deal to be concluded, and those lay with the add on fees and the length of Dzeko’s contract, according to The Evening Standard.
The add on fee (often referred to as bonuses) put to Chelsea by Roma was said to be £13.2 million. Chelsea did not wish to match this and it seems both parties are close to negotiating a happy medium at £8.7 million.
Emerson’s terms are all agreed and he is keen to sign the contract, it is Dzeko’s terms however that are also creating a slight hold up.
The former Manchester City man has two years left on his current deal and he is keen for Chelsea to match that. Of course here creates the issue, as the blues have a policy to never offer over 30’s more than a one year contract, this they will need to squash in order to get the deal over the line.
One suggestion by Dzeko’s camp is that he will be paid £118,000-a-week if he signs on until 2020, or he will accept a lower sum of £84,000-a-week to commit till 2021.
These discussions took place in London yesterday with Marina Granovskaia meeting Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic. The negotiations will continue today and I am confident that an agreement will be reached by the end of this week.
In the meantime, Dzeko I am hearing could well be on the bench for Roma this evening at their match against Sampdoria, due to these ongoing negotiations.