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Antonio Conte prepared to risk Chelsea squad harmony by going ahead with big-name transfer

Chelsea are reportedly ready to risk their squad harmony by softening their stance on contracts for players aged 30 or more with the transfer of Edin Dzeko.

According to the Independent, the Blues will offer the Roma striker a two-and-a-half-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge as they look to ease their striker crisis.

Dzeko has played in the Premier League before, twice winning the title during his Manchester City days, and he could prove a valuable asset to Antonio Conte’s squad.

Still, the Independent report that this may risk unsettling players such as Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Gary Cahill as they’ll likely now feel they are also deserving of longer-term contracts.

Chelsea’s policy is normally not to give more than one-year extensions to players over 30, but Dzeko will turn 32 this March and looks set to be lured over to west London with a longer contract.

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With Conte’s side already struggling this term, it remains to be seen if the presence of Dzeko up front will make up for potentially causing more dressing room unrest at Stamford Bridge.

That said, it can’t be any worse than bringing in Peter Crouch or Andy Carroll, as the Times recently reported they were considering doing.

The Evening Standard claim Chelsea have held talks with Dzeko’s agent in London and that a deal appears to be edging closer to completion.

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