Date: 24th January 2018 at 3:00pm
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Chelsea are still trying to negotiate a satisfactory offer for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to the Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson.

The usually reliable reporter says that the length of the Bosnian’s international’s contract, as well as his salary, “remain an issue.”

It was initially reported that the Blues were prepared to break their policy of only allowing player’s above the age of 30 a one year contract extension. Yet, it seems Dzeko’s wants at least a two and half year deal.

The striker’s agent Irfan Redzepagic has proposed two options. One which would see Dzeko earn £6m a year until 2020, or another that would see him earn £4.4m a year until 2021.

Dzeko turns 32 in March, and by the time his proposed deal with Chelsea could end, he would be 35. Although as a target man, his ability to perform at such an age is not a concern, it would set a precedent with contracts with other players.

Any player turning 30 would then expect a similar contract to Dzeko’s making this deal an extremely complicated one for Chelsea.