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Chelsea sign defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma for £17.6m

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of defender Emerson Palmieri from Serie A side Roma for a reported £17.6m.

Palmieri, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues, has been assigned the No 33 shirt.

The Brazil-born 23-year-old underwent several medical tests before putting pen to paper with the Stamford Bridge club.

‘I came here because it’s a great team with a great history,’ Emerson said. ‘Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club.

‘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.’

The former Santos and Palmero player is yet to to represent his country at international level.

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