Chelsea have completed the signing of Emerson Palmieri from Roma.
Emerson jetted in for a medical with the Premier League champions on Tuesday evening after agreeing terms over a £25million transfer move to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were also keen on landing Emerson’s team-mate, Edin Dzeko, but Antonio Conte confirmed that a move for the Bosnian striker had collapsed over his high wage demands.
Chelsea have been on the hunt for defensive reinforcements this January as Conte looks to find competition for Marcos Alonso at left-back.
It appears Emerson has been handed the No.33 shirt at Chelsea most recently worn by Mitchell Beeney, Tomas Kalas and Alex.
Arsenal star Olivier Giroud is expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge in an £18million move before the January transfer window slams shut.
Asked about Chelsea’s move for Emerson on Tuesday, Conte said: ‘If you remember, I said that in case the club decides to send Kenedy on loan, then we have two options: to buy another player or to work with the young players like [Dujon] Sterling.
‘He’s a young player but a very good prospect. I don’t know [about Emerson’s move], I don’t know. If there is news the club will inform you of any new players.’
Pressed again on whether he had seen much of Emerson, Conte continued: ‘I don’t remember Palmieri because he played in Italy only last season.
‘Last season he had an important season for Roma, then he had a bad injury, broke his ligament, now he’s recovering.
In a week where Manchester City sealed a place in the Carabao Cup final and came back fighting in the Premier League, there many things which caught our eye, here are our top picks…
First up, we loved La Liga’s recent throwback featuring our boss, Pep Guardiola. The La Liga account posted a video of Pep in action back in 1999 at the Benito Villamarín for Barcelona.
What a blast from the past!
Next, we take a closer look at Leroy Sane’s incredible assist during our 3-1 win against Newcastle as Planet Football have done an in-depth analysis of his performance.
The article said: “What caught the eye more on Saturday was the assist for the clinching third goal, which was all Leroy Sané’s doing.
“It is thanks to Sané, and to a re-energised Raheem Sterling on the opposite wing, that Manchester City have been either able – or required, depending on your viewpoint – to utilise David Silva’s talents in a deeper role this season.
“The impressive form of both Silva and Kevin De Bruyne has allowed the German to do his best work out wide, regularly ghosting in behind the defensive line and either scoring himself or laying on chances for the likes of Agüero and Gabriel Jesus.
“He has been involved in 17 Premier League goals this season (10 assists to go with seven strikes of his own), more than all but four players, and has chipped in with three more goals and assists apiece in the cups, too.
“Some of the assists owe a fair bit to others, such as the ball across for Sterling against Stoke after gathering an otherworldly De Bruyne ball, but this one was all Sané.”
The report continued to analyse each of Sane’s movements during the incredible run… It really was inSANÉ.
A majority of our women’s first team have been away with their countries over the past week, and one feature caught our eye.
England striker Nikita Parris went head-to-head with Chelsea’s Karen Carney for BBC Sport in the build-up to this year’s FA People’s Cup.
Our striker took on a number of tasks including the penalty, crossbar and showboat challenges – oh, and let’s not forget her very elaborate celebration including cartwheels and crawling – definitely a must watch…
We can’t wait for Nikita’s next City celebration!
One of our favourite tweets of the week came from Bristol City defender Aden Flint, following Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg.
Flint revealed on his Twitter that he asked Pep Guardiola if he wanted to swap his Stone Island jacket for his Bristol jersey after the match… the defender said that he declined!
If you don’t ask, you never know!
We all know that Benjamin Mendy is the king if Snapchat and Instagram stories… but one of our players is rivalling him for the crown!
Nicolas Otamendi videoed team mate Zinchenko tucking into his lunch at the CFA…
Finally, our favourite thing from the past week has to be the gift provided by the Blues to the people of Barcelona, which Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham presented to Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau.
The gift was a bee connecting Manchester and Barcelona together – symbolising solidarity between the two cities. A really lovely touch.
While Borussia Dortmund actively claim to be one European football’s most creative and crazy supporters, they were well and truly given a run for their money by their German Cup opposition Magdeburg.
Dortmund, who are flying high at the top of the Bundesliga, went into their clash with the German third-tier side on Tuesday night having missed out on the FIFA Best Supporters award to Celtic on Monday.
And while Celtic claim the prize for 2017, Magdeburg could have given both a run for their money.
Ahead of Dortmund’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Bundesliga giants, the home side unveiled a quite remarkable and Dortmund-esque crowd display, in reference to ‘Jigsaw’, a famed character from the Saw movie franchise.
Despite the considerable margin, Magdeburg held the own for the most-part of the first half, only to finally be broken down by Peter Bosz’s side on 42 minutes, courtesy of substitute Gonzalo Castro, who was assisted by 18-year-old Alexander Isak.
Isak, making his debut, the youngster certainly made an impression as he extended the lead shortly after the break, slotting in from the left of the box with great composure.
Two quick-fire goals with 15 minutes to go by Andriy Yarmalenko and Marc Bartra extended the onslaught, before Shinji Kagawa left his mark on the game in stoppage time.
But while the second half was pretty horrifying for the home support, their display in the pre-game will leave a scar on their visitors as Halloween approaches, and would have given John Kramer himself to his knees.
It was a display the ‘Yellow Wall’ would have been impressed by, and possibly inspired by, having made a name for themselves as the crowd display experts over the years, with their 2013 champions league banner unveiled against Malaga.
Crowd banners are now a growing phenomenon in football with ‘This is Russia’ presented by the international supporters in 2012 a memorable one, swiftly followed by Croatia’s ‘Hell-fire’ display a year later.
Inspiration was a plenty for the Magdeburg faithful but if the banner itself wasn’t enough to spook their visitors, the narrative was.
For the German speakers among us, the banner read: ‘You think the game is over, the games have only just begun.’
Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has said the club are keeping tabs on Gerard Deulofeu but are yet to make Barcelona an offer for the winger.
Deulofeu returned to Barca in the summer but has struggled to make much of an impression and his last appearance was way back in November.
Inter are just one of several Serie A clubs linked with a move and Deulofeu could be tempted back to Italy having spent last season at AC Milan.
Inter say they are interested in Deulofeu but he’s not the only player they could move for.
“There have been no formal offers for Deulofeu, but we are paying attention to the situation.
“If there are the conditions to try something, we know the characteristics we are looking for. Deulofeu could be the right profile, but he isn’t the only one.”
Deulofeu struggled to even make the squad before Christmas and the return to fitness of Ousmane Dembele may hurt his chances further.
It’s also not entirely clear if Barcelona can sell Deulofeu yet. Speaking in 2015 then-Everton manager Roberto Martinez suggested that if Barcelona exercised their buy-back clause they can’t sell him for a season.
It remains to be seen if that remains the case, but if so, it would suggest Deulofeu could only leave on loan in January.