Roma have no desire to weaken their squad despite Chelsea's reported interest in Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, sporting director Monchi insists.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of strikers and left-backs in recent weeks as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad. Andy Carroll had reportedly been identified as their primary attacking target, but news that he is likely to require surgery on an ankle injury has thrown a spanner in the works.
As a result, Dzeko has apparently emerged as an alternative, while Chelsea are also said to retain an interest in Emerson, who only returned from a serious knee injury at the start of December. But Monchi was keen to put fans at ease, reassuring them with a statement at the start of head coach Eusebio Di Francesco's news conference on Saturday.
| Monchi opens the press conference by addressing the recent transfer speculation:— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 20, 2018
"The media speculation is very different from the reality. We are not inviting offers from all corners, or looking to revamp the team. Our objective is always the same – to improve the squad." pic.twitter.com/SurFXEDzl4