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Chelsea and Roma are said to have reached an agreement for Edin Dzeko. The Blues have been linked with the Roma striker, and reports now claim the deal is close to being finalised.

However, Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco doesn’t like the idea of losing his star striker and has said that the club will have to explain to him if they sell the 31-year-old.

“What counts is the club,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “My own hopes are relative. If they sell him, they will have valid reasons, which they will explain to me.

“Do I hate the market? That depends: if someone arrives, no; otherwise, yes.

“In the event that he leaves, we will do something else. Schick has the characteristics, together with Defrel, of being able to play in several roles in attack.

“But it’s still too early to talk about it.”

Dzeko who scored a brace against Chelsea in the Champions League is valued by his coach as Di Francesco can’t wait for the rumours to end.

“[Dzeko] made himself available for the game, despite the many rumours. He is a player who sometimes you can see little of, but then he appears,” Di Francesco added.

“It’s a choice for the club, determined by many factors. As long as I have the player I will play him, because he has always shown me commitment, seriousness and professionalism.

“Dzeko is a decisive player and he’s the one who scored the most goals for my team. The sooner the transfer market ends, the sooner we will find a Dzeko with more serenity.

“But for his part his availability is always the same.”

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