Chelsea transfer news: AS Roma's Emerson Palmieri joins Blues on four-and-a-half year deal

Emerson Palmieri will now challenge Marcos Alonso for a place in Antonio Conte's Chelsea starting XI.

Emerson Palmieri
Emerson Palmieri moved to Chelsea from AS Roma Reuters

Chelsea have confirmed on 30 January that they have agreed a deal with AS Roma to bring defender Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old's versatility will provide Antonio Conte more options during his team selection while picking players on the left side. He can play as a left-back, wing-back or in the more advanced role, which gives the former Juventus and Italy manager more options up front.

Emreson has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the west London club and will wear number 33 shirt at Chelsea.

"Emerson Palmieri has today become the latest addition to the Chelsea squad after completing a transfer from Italian side Roma. The 23-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 33 shirt," a statement read on Chelsea's official website.

The Brazilian has expressed his delight after completing a switch to Stamford Bridge and is fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in England's top flight club competition.

"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," Emerson told Chelsea's official 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."

Emreson will now challenge Marcos Alonso for a place in the starting XI for the left wing-back position. Chelsea are also closing in on completing a £18m deal in signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.