Chelsea have completed the signing of left-back Emerson Palmieri from Roma for around £17.5m.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 33 shirt.
“I came here because it’s a great team with a great history. Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club,” he told Chelsea’s website.
“English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It is a really beautiful game over here but it is going to be even more beautiful to play it.”
— John Harriott (@JHFootballAgent) January 30, 2018
Earlier in the day, however, Blues boss Antonio Conte all but confirmed that the proposed signing of Palmieri’s Roma team-mate Edin Dzeko is off.
Chelsea held talks with the former Manchester City striker but could not agree a deal.
“He is Roma’s player. I think he will continue to be Roma’s player,” Conte said.