Chelsea willing to pay £26m to sign Edin Dzeko from Roma

Edin Dzeko of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Spal at Stadio Olimpico on December 1, 2017 in Roma

Chelsea are willing to pay Roma £26m for striker Edin Dzeko, Sky Sports News understands.

The 31-year-old former Manchester City forward is understood to want a basic salary of £90k-a-week, and a contract to run until the summer of 2021.

It is the latest twist in Chelsea's search for a new striker, following Roma's denial on Thursday that a deal had been agreed for Dzeko.

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It came after reports from Sky in Italy on Wednesday that Chelsea and Roma had agreed a deal for Dzeko to move to Stamford Bridge, and that it was now down to the Premier League side to agree terms with the player.

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