Chelsea to break their rules to sign Dzeko

Chelsea are prepared to break their own rules in order bring Edin Dzeko to the club according to reports.

Chelsea have had a long standing policy of only offering players over the age of 30 a one year deal.

However, with former Man City striker Dzeko now 31, and Chelsea desperate to land a striker before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline, they could have to break their own rules to bring the Bosnian in.

It is claimed that Chelsea have had a £44m deal accepted by Roma to sign Dzeko along with his teammate Emerson Palmieri, but the deal is being held up by the personal terms on offer.

Dzeko is not willing to move to Stamford Bridge on a short term move, and could demand a contract until at least 2020 in order to agree to the deal.

Roma Sporting Director Monchi told Mediaset Premium that it was indeed the personal terms on offer that was holding up the transfer.

“Roma, like every club in the world, listen to the offers that arrive for their players, not just for Edin, but anyone in the squad.

“We are ready to listen and then we decide. Now Dzeko is here and the rest doesn’t matter, which means the offer that arrived is not interesting.

“I don’t know what personal terms were offered to the player, as I am not his agent. I am talking about Roma: an offer arrives, we look at it and then decide.”

Chelsea have been linked with a wide array of strikers in this January transfer window, including Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes, although it appears that Dzeko is the club’s first choice.