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Chelsea receive a breakthrough in pursuit of AS Roma duo

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Chelsea fans have had a very up-and-down week over their pursuit of a new centre-forward.

First, it was reported that the club had a lot of interest in signing West Ham target man Andy Carroll - something that didn't go down too well with Blues supporters.

Then Carroll got injured, naturally, and the move was dead - something that definitely did go down well with Blues supporters.

But once that happened, things got kind of weird, as Chelsea's backup plan was apparently Stoke City's Peter Crouch.

That certainly came out of absolutely nowhere and, if it happens, it'll be one of the maddest transfers in recent memory.

Things have taken a slightly more understandable turn over the past couple of days, however, with Chelsea approaching Roma over former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

The Bosnian has enjoyed a career revival in Rome, scoring a fantastic 39 goals last season and adding another 13 at the halfway point of this one.

Despite being 31-years-old, he still represents exactly the kind of striker that Antonio Conte likes his team to have, and Chelsea appear to have made a breakthrough in the negotiations.

Sky Italia report that Chelsea have been quoted a price of £50 million up front and another £10 million in add-ons for both Dzeko and Brazilian-born left-back Emerson Palmieri - a reduction in what Roma originally wanted for the pair.

Palmieri is a player that Chelsea have looked at for some time in their search for competition in the position, and being able to solve two problems at once appears to be too good an opportunity for the club to pass up.

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The determination to sign a new striker has come on the back of Alvaro Morata's struggles this season. After an incredibly encouraging seven goals in his first eight games at the club, Chelsea's record signing has scored just five times since September and none in his last six.

Some have put his form down to exhaustion, with the Spaniard having never played anywhere close to this much football in a season before - especially without a winter break.

Chelsea can't afford to take any chances, however, as the race for the top four heats up. Conte recently described the fight for Champions League spots as a "war", and Chelsea's recent form suggests they're losing it.

The determination to turn things around is underlined by the fact that Dzeko is ineligible for the Champions League and yet Chelsea are willing to spend big money to bring him in now, despite him not having too many years left as it is.

If it really is a war, Conte is showing that he'll do what it takes to win it.

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Topics:
Peter Crouch
AS Roma
Premier League
Edin Dzeko
Andrew Carroll
Manchester City
Stoke City
Football
Alvaro Morata

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