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Why Antonio Conte will have to break Chelsea's club policy to sign Edin Dzeko

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It's no secret that Chelsea have been looking to bring in reinforcements to bolster their attacking options in January - and it appears that Edin Dzeko could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

The Roma striker, who spent four-and-a-half years at Manchester City, was Serie A's top scorer last season with 29 goals.

Dzeko, 31, would be an excellent option in west London but would be ineligible to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

Chelsea's club-record signing Alvaro Morata has been struggling in front of goal in recent times whilst back-up striker Michy Batshuayi is still yet to impress Antonio Conte.

Roma's director of football, Monchi, suggested that Roma would not be derailed if Dzeko were to leave for London.

"Whatever will be will be," said Monchi on Sunday. "I work every day to have players suitable to replace our players, my job is always to strengthen my club.

"If [Dzeko] leaves Roma, we'll buy another player."

Conte must rip up Chelsea club policy to sign Dzeko

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Under Roman Abramovich's command, Chelsea have employed a long-standing club policy that players upon reaching 30 cannot be awarded contracts longer than one year.

However, as per the Telegraph, the 31-year-old Dzeko has a contract with Roma until July 2020 and it seems implausible that he would accept a contract that expires before that date.

If Chelsea do want to bring Dzeko to Stamford Bridge, they must break a rule which club legends like Frank Lampard and John Terry were forced to abide by.

Dzeko's agent is expected to hold talks with Chelsea in London on Tuesday, with the Bosnian international looking for reassurances over how much playing time he will get.

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Batshuayi, 24, has reportedly been offered on loan to Roma as part of the deal that would bring Dzeko to Chelsea.

Despite their desperate search for a striker, Belgian winger Eden Hazard recently urged the club's hierarchy not to sign anyone up front.

"I think we have two very good strikers in Alvaro and Michy," said Hazard.

"If they are not ready to play I can play striker, so I don’t think we need [another striker].

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"Football is simple – keep the ball on the ground and try [to play] like we did. Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker, but if we are scoring goals, we are the best attack in the league and no-one can say we need a striker.

"It depends on the form of the team and I think we’re happy with the team we have."

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