Emerson Palmieri: Chelsea sign Emerson Palmieri from Roma for £17.6m

Chelsea have signed defender Emerson Palmieri from Serie A side Roma for a reported £17.6m.

The Brazil-born 23-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League club.

After playing 36 times for Roma last year he missed the first three months of this season with a knee injury which has limited him to two appearances.

“Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club,” he said.

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“English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It is a really beautiful game over here.”

Described as a versatile left-sided player, Palmieri joined Roma from Brazil side Santos in December 2016.

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