Roma sporting director Monchi has revealed that Chelsea fell short of their offer for Edin Dzeko last month.
Chelsea’s search for a new target man saw them turn to Edin Dzeko in the latter stages of the January transfer window, only to miss out and instead sign Olivier Giroud to join from Arsenal.
Dzeko is understood to have been Antonio Conte’s preferred choice, but Chelsea were unwilling to meet his asking price.
Monchi also confirmed that Giroud was on Roma’s radar as they looked for a possible replacement, as was Michy Batshuayi, who headed to Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea.
“We had started talking to Chelsea about Emerson [Palmieri], then they asked about Edin,” Sky Sports News quotes him as saying. “We told them to make a bid and we would have evaluated it, but Chelsea never matched the figure we requested and did not reach an agreement with Dzeko.
“We were not 100% convinced to sell Dzeko, but if he had left, a substitute would have arrived. Giroud was an important option, as was Batshuayi. “