Chelsea are expected to finalize the signing of AS Roma left back Emerson today, but there is far less clarity in the situation of his current and possibly future teammate Edin Dzeko.
Reports of a potential agreement between the two clubs (though not between Chelsea and Dzeko) made the rounds on Wednesday, but were quickly debunked by Roma sporting director Monchi, who claimed that no good offers had actually arrived.
Meanwhile, reports back in Dzeko’s homeland of Bosnia spoke of issues with Dzeko’s British visa, despite once signing a contract (and thus securing a work permit) with Manchester City through 2018.
I talked with #Dzeko agent over the phone. He claims he still isn't in London, and still waiting for his British visa. Contacts with #CFC proceed over the phone. Only when he gets his visa he'll be able to travel to #London.— Haris Mrkonja N1 (@harismrkonjan1) January 24, 2018
Mrkonja is a reporter for Sarajevo’s N1 news channel and presumably isn’t just making up things. Presumably the visa issue will be reduced to a formality if and when the time comes for Dzeko to fly to London, but it adds yet another layer of complexity to what is already a rather questionable proposition.
That said, here’s Dzeko scoring in the dying moments of last night’s match for Roma, to draw them level with Sampdoria.