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.