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Palmieri set for Chelsea medical - but contract demands END Dzeko deal

There is good news and bad news for Chelsea fans.

Sticking with the positives first, Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri has flown into London to undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a deal worth £17.6million plus £7m add-ons.

However, the bad news is Palmieri's Giallorossi teammate Edin Dzeko won't be joining him.

Sky Italia claim Dzeko's contract demands - both the wages and length - have deterred Chelsea from pursuing the deal.

The Bosnia international has asked for a three-and-a-half-year deal worth £120,000-per-week.

The failure of the Dzeko move means Chelsea are still on the hunt for a third striker.

Antonio Conte expressed his desire to add another forward to his ranks after Chelsea's FA Cup win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has been mooted to make the switch to Stamford Bridge over the last 24 hours as a consequence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move to the Gunners.

Other names that have been mentioned are Burnley's Ashley Barnes and West Ham United's Andy Carroll.

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