Antonio Conte has all but confirmed that Chelsea will not be signing Edin Dzeko.
Chelsea have discussed a deal to sign Roma’s former Manchester City striker but are now looking elsewhere.
Blues boss Conte, who is keen for a forward to be signed before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, said: “He is Roma’s player. I think he will continue to be Roma’s player.”
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Conte was reluctant to confirm that Chelsea are set to sign Dzeko’s Roma team-mate Emerson Palmieri.
The Brazilian is expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge.
“We have two options, to buy another player or to work with a young player like (Dujon) Sterling, who is young but a very good prospect,” said Conte.
“The club will inform you about new players.
“Palmieri had an important season and had a bad injury. He broke his ligament.
“He is recovering but I don’t know if he is ready to play. He played one game in the Italian Cup but we are talking about a player from another team at the moment.”