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Chelsea sign defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma for £17.5m

Chelsea have completed the signing of defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma for £17.5m.
Palmieri posed for pictures with the shirt on Tuesday evening after completing his medical and penning a four-and-a-half year contract.

The Brazilian, who has been assigned the No 33 shirt at Chelsea, left his home in Rome to fly to London earlier in the day.
The 23-year-old left-back underwent several medical tests before putting pen to paper with the Stamford Bridge club.

‘I came here because it’s a great team with a great history,’ Emerson said. ‘Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club.

‘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.’
Chelsea have agreed to pay a extra £ 5.2m in bonuses for Palmieri, who is likely to be eligible to face Watford next Monday.

The Brazilian had been lined up as part of a double swoop with Edin Dzeko, but Chelsea abandoned a move for the striker due his contract demands.

Palmieri began his career in his native Brazil with Santos before joining Italian outfit Palmero on loan in 2014 and Roma permanently the following season.

He is yet to represent his country at international level but will provide competition for Marcos Alonso following Baba Rahman’s loan move to Schalke.

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