Edin Dzeko's Agent Shuts Down Chelsea Talk, Says Striker Wants to Stay at Roma

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 06: Edin Dzeko of AS Roma in action during the serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on January 6, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Edin Dzeko wants to stay at Roma rather than join Chelsea, according to his agent Irfan Redzepagic.

He spoke to Roma Giallorossa (h/t Football Italia) and dismissed speculation linking his client with the Blues:

"No, I don't know anything about this. I have no information to that effect. Dzeko is already a Roma player, you know that.

"Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma."

Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol reported on the Blues' interest in Dzeko:

On Chelsea, Redzepagic added: "Have I spoken to [Antonio] Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can't reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn't like Edin?"

Sports journalists Paul Brown and Mootaz Chehade believes the Bosnian would be a strong addition at Stamford Bridge:

The 31-year-old scored 72 goals in 189 appearances for Manchester City, where he contributed to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Though he netted just six in his final season with the Sky Blues and 10 in his first campaign with Roma, Dzeko has enjoyed a renaissance in the Italian capital and last year bagged 39 goals in all competitions, including 29 Serie A strikes to earn the title of capocannoniere.

This season, Dzeko has scored 12 goals and laid on four assists in all competitions.

With Alvaro Morata struggling of late and Conte appearing to have little trust in Michy Batshuayi, who has started just two Premier League matches this season, adding another option up front would be useful for Chelsea.

As a relatively short-term option, the Blues could do far worse than Dzeko given his Premier League experience and his prolific goalscoring record of late.

However, it seems Chelsea will need to look elsewhere to add to their firepower.