Date: 2nd February 2018 at 7:30pm
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AC Milan will likely take advantage of Chelsea’s failure to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Tuttosport.

The Bosnian international is being pursued by the Rossoneri in view to a summer transfer, and the Italian club are said to be hopeful of getting the 31 year old for lower than the €20m-€25m that Roma asked for the player in January.

Dzeko has revealed he was in talks with the Blues about moving to Stamford Bridge. The move reportedly collapsed over personal terms, and Chelsea then signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal for £18m on deadline day instead.

Speaking to Klix (translated by Football-Italia.net), Dzeko said he was honoured that the Blues were interested in him, but he was happy to remain in Rome:

“It’s true that negotiations were being conducted, and that’s all I can say on the subject. There was a lot of speculation, as well as false and even funny claims. I was really flattered by the interest from Chelsea, a club I really respect and admire.”

“In the past few weeks a lot of stories have circulated about me leaving Roma and yet I’m still here. In the end I’m happy to stay at Roma, because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.”

Milan are however reportedly confident they can persuade Roma into parting with the Bosnian in the summer, with Dzeko’s age playing a bearing in the Giallorossi’s considerations in selling the striker.